"Hanging by a thread" (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader, Michaela Nelson)

In a chaotic world, the intricacies of nature can sometimes get drowned out. Though other species might steal the limelight, the finer details nestled among our wildlife can be just as beautiful – if not even more so. Perched on a web at The Botanical Gardens in Durham, this delicate eight-legged critter sits peacefully between petals, waiting for a catch with long front legs outstretched.

Uloborus Plumipes - otherwise known as the Garden Centre Spider, is a recent introduction to the wealth of arachnids found on our shores. Introduced into the UK sometime in the 1990s from its original home in the Med, sub-Saharan Africa and south-east Asia, they’ve settled in to the warmth of greenhouses up and down the country. By hitching rides on exotic potted plants, they’re now found across most of the world. As seen here under a macro lens, they can be recognised by their distinctive triangular abdomen and little tufts of hair on their front legs. Keep an eye peeled though, as their speckled colouration means you might mistake them for dead leaves.

If you’re an arachnophobe and worried you’re going to brush past one while you prune your prize tomatoes, don’t fret! It might help to know that these spiders are a gardener’s friend – harmless to us and help to manage whitefly in greenhouses.

If you're fascinated by these petite pest controllers, you can check out some of the UK's coolest species - all of which can be found at one of the RSPB's reserves. Whether you’re intrigued by insects or spiders give you goosebumps, we can all agree that this resplendent shot is a beauty, right?  

If you've got any beautiful, funny or interesting photos you want to share with us, send them our way at natureshome@rspb.org.uk 

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