1. This one is now keeping me company in the Fernery, she's got a pink tinge to her. 2. Another tiny one this time she's under the table on the outside seats. 3. A male in waiting until it's his turn on the menu.
Another medium sized one has appeared down at the bottom of the garden. The web spreads over about 8ft so she's been letting out line from the fence to the Azalea then down to an Anemone, busy girl. A nice faded light tan colour.
I'd soaked some dried mealworms and as I was standing next to my "pet" spider in the top greenhouse (she's used to me being close to her now) I poked her with one. The amazing thing is she took it and spent the next 16 hours or so having dinner. Never before have I known a spider take anything but live and kicking prey.
There's a very large web covering the apex of the middle greenhouse. I've never seen the resident but I know she's feeding well. There are also several smaller webs close by and there again I've not seen the residents.
Today there was one sunbathing so I did my best to grab a couple of photos while getting into somewhat uncomfortable positions to avoid the gossamer webs.
On checking on the computer I thought "got her" but then , "hold on" it's not a her.
The closer photo confirms it's a male. He must be biding his time. Having watched an attempted mating before I don't fancy his chances of survival