Metellina segmentata

Lesser Garden Spider, Metellina segmentata

Metellina segmentata by Martin Askins
Metellina segmentata by Martin Askins

This spider is smaller, slimmer and has longer legs than the typical Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus) and can vary in colour, being pale cream or tinged with red or pink. Of all the garden orb-web spinners, this, together with the very similar M.mengei are the commonest and most abundant species.

Metellina segmentata is commonly found in gardens, waste ground, grassland, woods, and hedgerows.

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