Well, it's been a quiet week for insects, for me at least. I found a very handsome Garden Spider showing me it's lovely markings this morning, it was too good an opportunity to miss.
Garden spiders vary in colour from pale yellowy-brown, to very dark brown, but they all have a characteristic white cross-shaped group of spots on their abdomen. The're common all over the UK, except for parts on northern Scotland. Look after them, they are another of the gardener's friends, eating many small insects, including aphids.
Garden Spider showing markings
I took the shot below about two weeks ago. I thought it was worth posting to show a view many people never see. If ayone knows what the small pink hook like thing on it's abdomen, just below it's legs is, please post the information. Thank you.
Garden Spider showing leg arrangment.