Spider question

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?

In London. Keen but lazy.

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 26,046

    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:

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    About the size of a pin head!

    Last edited: 09 September 2016 17:05:29

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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 humansimage ) until they are ready to go their own way.

    Spiders are such fascinating creaturesimage

  • B3B3 Posts: 10,532

    Yes. They're lovely. We have spiderlings too in the spring.

    Do they survive for a few years and keep growing?

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 26,046

    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.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,056

    we have a lot of different species of spider in the uk

    Have a look at this lot.

    http://www.uksafari.com/spiders.htm

    The whole site is worth a visit

  • B3B3 Posts: 10,532

    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 - strangeimage

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,056

    I missed that B3. Auto-correct for garden spider?  image

  • Daisy33Daisy33 LondonPosts: 1,026

    Nah, just more expensive Nut. image

  • B3B3 Posts: 10,532

     Well there were two different photos. The GC one looked a little drab in comparisonimage

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,056

    image Daisy &B3

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