Araniella cucurbitina (Clerck, 1757) - Cucumber green spider

Occurrence: Araniella cucurbitina is common on bushes and trees in the garden or on forest edges. It is an abundant species, but we don´t find the spiders close to each other. Description: Its elongated abdomen is green with 4 (less often 0-3) black spots on the sides. Adult spiders have a red spot at the lower end of the abdomen. Limbs are orange. Adult females can grow to about 7 mm. There is a possible confusion with Araniella opisthographa (Kulczyński, 1905). Determination depends on the shape and configuration of the sexual organs. Period of occurrence: The adults are common from May to August. Web: Araniella cucurbitina builds its small strong web from about 1 to 2 meters above the ground. The web can be built on one leaf. The spider responds to a prey soon. The signal thread is connected with a nest from twisted leaves, but sometimes the nest and the signal thread can miss. During the day we often find this Orb-weavers sitting on the web. Food: Its food is small flying insects.

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photo: Oto Zimmermann



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Karolina Rücklová



photo: Karolina Rücklová



photo: Karolina Rücklová



photo: Karolina Rücklová



photo: Michal Halík



photo: Michal Halík



photo: Kryštof Rückl



photo: Kryštof Rückl



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Karolina Rücklová



photo: Karolina Rücklová



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Oto Zimmermann




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