Special features: The female common orb weaver is a pale yellow-brown colour. The abdomen features brown markings which resemble a leaf pattern.
The name comes from the orb-shaped (rounded) webs this spider spins. It's also a very common species.
The male of the species has a slimmer abdomen, longer legs and darker markings. During the mating season the male moves onto the web of the female.
Latin name: Metellina segmentata
Size: Grows to a length of around 8mm.
Distribution: Found throughout the UK.
Months seen: July to October
Habitat: Found amongst any vegetation or structure where it can build its web.
Food: Flies and small insects