You know those big spotty spiders you see all over the garden this time of year. I've noticed that some are large and some are huge.
Are the huge ones a few years old, well-fed or a different species?
Hi B3. The big ones with the beautiful markings are the mature garden spiders with various different sizes in between. Here they are just after they hatch out:
About the size of a pin head!
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I know it is a bit mean but when they first hatch, they cluster tightly together - just a very light touch on the web and they disperse quick as a flash. Once you get bored with doing this, they will return to their cluster ( probably rolling their eyes at the idiocy of humans ) until they are ready to go their own way.
Spiders are such fascinating creatures
Yes. They're lovely. We have spiderlings too in the spring.
Do they survive for a few years and keep growing?
I absolutely love them. They probably get predated but many will grow to full size.The mother spider looks after the egg sac and cannot hunt so eventually dies and the spiderlings hatch out in late Spring. Sadly they only live one year.
we have a lot of different species of spider in the uk
Have a look at this lot.
The whole site is worth a visit
Wow Nut! I love the Napoleon spider.
I've noticed the garden spider which was the one I was asking about but also saw that there's one called the garden centre spider - strange
I missed that B3. Auto-correct for garden spider?
Nah, just more expensive Nut.
Well there were two different photos. The GC one looked a little drab in comparison