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Cucumber Green Spider

Araniella cucurbitina

Cucumber Green Spider

A close up of a Cucumber Green Spider Araniella cucurbitina on a leaf
Araniella cucurbitina by Makro Freak (CC BY-SA 2.5)
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Araniella cucurbitina is an orb veaving spider, meaning they'll build webs to catch their prey. Their green colour helps them to camouflage while they sit and wait for prey to get trapped. They like to weave their webs between branches, leaves and flowers. They'll eat anything that lands in the web, but their favourites are Aphids, Flies, Mosquitoes and Midges, Moths, making them a great addition to the garden!
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Traits

Great for garden pest control.
They'll eat anything to land in the web, including beneficial insects!

Appearance

Adults: They are pale greenish-yellow, possess 8 legs, typically found in their webs.

Activity

Diurnal

Personality

Order

Araneae

Family

Araneidae

Distribution

The UK, Ireland; mainland Europe and parts of North America

Biological treatment

Try to tolerate spiders wherever possible. They provide many benefits to the garden, helping to control pest populations.
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