Simply Spiders

  • In reply to gaynorsl:

    I wonder if your "spindleys" are the same as our "shakey leg spiders" Gaynor. They always have a good wobble when you get close! Ours are left in the faint hope that they keep the mozzies down, fat chance! LOL

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    I posted this a while back and I think it's probably the work of some sort of Spider. The fold in the leaf is perhaps an inch across and there does look to be a Spider lurking inside the webby(?) area. Anyone have any ideas of which type of Spider would fold a Reed leaf in this manner?

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  • In reply to Paul A:

    Don't recognize your reed spider Paul, clever little thing.  

    Here's a photo of what I call "spindley" Hazel

    Just went out to the shed to get this photo, he/she is a little too big to keep in the house!!

    Lot to learn

  • In reply to Paul A:

    Paul A said:
    which type of Spider would fold a Reed leaf in this manner?

    Nursery web spider,I think.

  • In reply to gaynorsl:

    gaynorsl said:
    Here's a photo of what I call "spindley" Hazel

    Yup, that's our shakey leg spider!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    Great, it's probably called all sorts of names in different areasI think I called it spindley because of the long thin legs as opposed to the garden spider with its black thick ones, that I have to put out in a paper carton after being told that it has quite a nip when disturbed.   I always used to pick them up no bother, but not now!!!

    Lot to learn

  • In reply to gaynorsl:

    I got bitten by this one when I acidentally disturbed it. The computer says it's not dangerous but it was like a wasp sting & very painful for a while

    It's called Zoropsis spininmana (I think) & may be known as a Mediterranean Spider. They used to live in our garage at the old house!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    Wow Hazel, that is a very handsome spider, not sure I'd like to be bitten by one though.   I had to move a garden spider from one of the many (sigh) rubbish boxes we have these days.   It was about to get squashed by my red wine bottle!  Didn't get a photo but will if it reappears.

    Lot to learn

  • In reply to gaynorsl:

    We've been demolishing a building in our new garden next door recently & found a lot of spiders, these are 2 from yesterday,

    a type of jumping spider Phlegra bresnieri

    & a bigger one with a nasty bite (so I read) which I think is Segestria bavarica

    Enjoy!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    O'h Hazel, I don't usually mind spiders but that last photo is really scary!!!!, and I'm not keen on jumping spiders either, having had one jump off the wall a few years ago which gave me a fright. Crazy when they are so small:-).

    Lot to learn