Gathan Beaga

spider du jour

Today’s wee beastie come courtesy of my girls, who were amusing themselves tossing small pinecones down the steps away from the house when they found this very nice spider ("Dad! Dad! Come and see this cool spider!):

Coloaranea viriditas

It’s a fairly large, as far as they go (maybe 6-7mm) specimen of Coloaranea viriditas – a reasonably common little orbweb spider that comes in an array of colours apparently (although I’ve only ever seen this green variety).

I really should have another look for some more of the rather spectacular, though tiny, flower spiders though.