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Bathroom spider

Observed: 14th May 2011 By: ChalkieChalkie’s reputation in InvertebratesChalkie’s reputation in InvertebratesChalkie’s reputation in Invertebrates
14.5.11 bathroom spider and babies in web 002
Description:

Very patient spider - it has been sitting here next to a little webby bundle for ages (maybe two weeks or more) - but it is not dead (drops down on a thread of web if poked). Does it go away to feed during the night? It always seems to be there. I'm pretty sure the webby bundle is getting bigger.

Identifications

No identification made yet.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Nature girl's picture

Garden Cross?

How big is the spider? I'm thinking it might be a Garden Cross Spider (Araneus diadematus) because of the shape and striped legs, but I'm not sure because it's unfortunately the wrong way round to see whether or not it has the distinctive cross on the abdomen.

The "webby bundle" is likely containing little spiderlings, which if it is A. diadematus will have a yellow abdomen with a black blotch.

Chalkie's picture

It's only tiny.

I just checked the size again - the abdomen is only about 2 or 3mm across, whole spider including legs is well under 1cm.
I don't think it's a Garden Cross Spider (not sure what you mean by the wrong way round) - the abdomen is plain black/dark brown. Thanks for looking though.

I should probably put it outside, as I don't really want loads of spiderlings in the bathroom, but I want to watch them come out!

Chalkie's picture

size

I thought it was funny that you asked about the size, as I was sure I'd mentioned it. I think I put it in the id notes section, but as I didn't fill in a suggested id, the notes disappeared...