Funky Green Spider

#30DaysWild no 13 this startlingly green spider was spotted on stonework as we hung up the acres of washing from our eco lodge ‘change over’ day. Small is beautiful – if a little creepy. Or at least creepy crawly.

Spiders aren’t everyone’s favourite thing, but you have to admit this one is a striking green colour. That’s presumably where it gets it’s name – cucumber spider. But those legs are pretty colourful too, when you see it up close.

It is very small, just a cm or so. An image search suggests its from the genus Arinella, but most sites say that identification to species level needs a hand lens and an expert eye, so we won’t presume to know exactly. There are a couple that are very similar to each other. We’re not sure what the lichens are either!

Usually when we’ve had a spider on our Wheatland Farm 30dayswild blogs it has been a crab spider lying in wait on the ox eye daisies, and it’s certainly the right time of year to be looking for those too. Try in the old farmyard near Otter Cottage, or down by the wildlife pond below Balebarn Lodge.

Previously on #30DaysWild

This time last year: we were harvesting wild strawberries from around the farmhouse and Otter Cottage.

This in 2019: We found a gorgeous banded demoiselle in a big bed of nettles. This year we’ve seen them at Exeter canal, but not here at Wheatland Farm yet. There’s still time though.

This time in 2018: We were planting oak trees to help replace the ash trees we’re losing to ash die back. Some of them are doing quite well now, and we still see and try to spare oak seedlings in the meadows.

This time in 2017: The frog exodus was in full swing. In 2021 the tadpoles have back legs, but the big movement out of the ponds has yet to start.