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Gossamer

Observed: 24th October 2013 By: wortmaggotwortmaggot’s reputation in Invertebrateswortmaggot’s reputation in Invertebrateswortmaggot’s reputation in Invertebrateswortmaggot’s reputation in Invertebrates
Gossamer 1
Gossamer 2
Description:

The grass was covered in gossamer. With the sun shining on it, it stopped me in my tracks. I have no idea which type of spider was responsible and no doubt, if I had looked in the grass, I would have found them. Maybe someone could tell me which spiders were most likely to have created this.

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Gossamer
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

GrizzledBadger's picture

One of natures spectaculars

This is a spectacular sight when the sun is in the right direction, I was out cycling several years ago and passed a meadow such as this, it fair stopped me in my tracks. No idea what spiddy did this but I've often found a little 'Money Spider' in these situations. Spiderlings release a parachute of silk on the breeze to help them disperse, perhaps they are linked?

Brock

jccurd's picture

Great British Year

The recent series of four BBC programmes called The Great British Year showed Gossamer and suggested that the culprit was the diminutive Money Spider. However, having just done an Internet search, the term "money spider" apparently covers ~250 UK species of v. small spider.

Very atmospheric picture, by the way. ;-)

John