Not a scary, horrid-hairy, ginormous, swallow you in one gulp sort of spider.
Oh, no. Dinah wouldn’t be so cruel to her readers.Would she? Read on to find out.If you dare!
We have been doing some long overdue work in part of the garden.
Our new-ish neighbour has cleared the boundary strip and we (that’s The Man, mainly) have cleared our side of the fence. This has allowed in a lot more light and created some open spaces that just cried out for plants. So I’ve been relocating some of the overgrown pots and cuttings. Shade-lovers, mainly, because although on the north-eastern side, they still have quite dense shade from the palms.
Probably a Christella of some sort. It (and several others), like Topsy, “just growed.”
And this morning, while hosing yesterday’s newbies, I noticed droplets on a damaged web.A neat quarter has been broken away from an orb web. The spider is still in residence and I managed a photo. Better still, I’m pretty sure I’ve identified it. Yay! It’s not often I can.
I thought it was in the Tetragnathidae so I Googled that and found this interesting (well, interesting to spider buffs, that is!) link http://tolweb.org/Tetragnathidae/2799. Known by a common name of “long jaws” for good reason, these cute lil guys have a courtship technique not unlike snogging in the back row of the Gaumont Cinema.
This is a macro shot that I did manage to get. Not the best, but neither was the weather! Clicking should make it a little clearer.
Now that I’ve managed to
educate you on scare the tripe out of you, I’m off to the purveyor of plonk. A girl can work up a navvy’s thirst just to plant a few ferns, y’know!