Monday, 25 January 2016

Araniella alpica (L. Koch, 1869) - Cucumber spider - Cyprus

Araniella sometimes called the "cucumber spider", is a spider genus of the Family Araneidae. Females grow up to 6 millimeters (0.24 in), males only up to 4 mm (0.16 in). The spider is mainly found on forest clearings, where it weaves its orb-web between leaves and flowers. These webs are only about 100 mm (3.9 in) in diameter.

This spider does not use a hideout, because it is camouflaged by its green color. Adult spiders first show this color in spring. Freshly hatched spiderlings are red, and change to brown before the autumn. On the end of the abdomen there is a red mark in adults.

This genus occurs in the Palaearctic, although it can be found in parts of North America, where it was probably introduced. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Photos near Troodos Square, 20/12/2015 by Michael Hadjiconstantis

Many Thanks to Christos Zoumides, who find it. 

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