This tiny guy was found in an outside light fitting-any idea what it is?
Araneus pegnia, an Orbweaver. The “butterfly” marking is distinctive. Many spider species prefer to set up webs near artificial light sources because some flying nocturnal insects fly toward lights – so why not put a web between the bug and the alluring light? This time of year the light bulbs heat, even if it is a compact florescent, would be helpful in keeping a spider alive. Note the silk thread it released. That acts as a tether for the spider to get back home in the shortest distance. It also serves to break the spider’s fall if the metal predator… Read more »