Common Hammock Weaver – Linyphia Triangularis

Last Autumn I came across these rather messy looking spider webs in a clump of gorse bushes. I’m still not one hundred per cent sure exactly who made them, but the most likely candidate is the Common Hammock Weaver, Linyphia triangularis.

The Sheetweb Spider, Neriene clathrata, also makes flat, tangled webs, though these tend to be somewhat neater looking and hammock shaped, and the colour of the spider is somewhat darker.

If you look closely at the picture above you can see the droplet shaped structure to the right of the spider, which I assume is the partially digested next meal in the larder – yum!

Spiderwebs have always fascinated me, they are an incredible feat of engineering for such an unassuming little creature to accomplish!

By Chris Eyles, Senior Warden for Exmoor

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