Today I went on a spider hunt in my Cheshire garden. I have a love/fear relationship with these creatures. I have a fascination for them and think they are lovely to just sit and watch but if one crawled on to me I’d proper freak out. I like to sit and admire them from a far and the photos I have taken were on my phone using a selfie stick so I didn’t have to get too close, even still my hand was a bit shaky.
The first spider I came across was basking on a piece of cardboard that I had a seed tray resting on by my door step. It scurried away quickly when it saw me, showing they are more frightened of us than we are of them. As I sat there for a bit, it soon came back out to sunbathe. It was a beautiful little wolf spider (pardosa).
The next spider I saw was a cobweb spider which shot out of her cobweb tunnel as I brushed past a tub of chives that are also at the bottom of my door step. She shot out with lightening speed but then saw me and hid quickly behind the tub.
As I walked towards he pond I came across a garden cross spider. There are a fair few of these in the garden as well as their little spiderlings.
Tucked up in the corner of the fence I spotted a false widow spider (steatoda). It had its front legs tucked up tight against its body making it look smaller than it was. This one was very shiny and brown in colour but I have also seen a black one in the shed too. The web is quite messing looking.
The last spider I came across was a Zebra spider. I see quite a lot of these in the garden. Normally walking along the walls. I always think they are quite inquisitive spiders too, as they always turn to have a good look at you when you walk past.
There are no doubt many more spider species in the garden but they like to tuck themselves away. Unless you go specifically searching for them you probably pass them by without even thinking. It’s a shame spiders get such a bad press all the time as they are fascinating creatures and eat a lot of garden and home pests for us.