When I was picking blackcurrants a few days ago I noticed that I had a little passenger in the punnet.
As you can see as it sits on a blackcurrant, this is a tiny creature measuring between about 4mm and 7mm (0.15" - 0.3"). It's nothing to be scared of.
Google tells me that my little captive is a green orb weaver spider or Araniella cucurbitina sometimes also called the green cucumber spider.
We all know that spiders have eight legs but did you know that most spiders also have eight eyes? You would think that this would mean that they had good eyesight but in the case of web spinning spiders, like our little friend here, their eyesight is poor. It's eyes can probably only detect changes in light and it will rely on taste, smell, touch and vibration rather than sight. I guess its hairy legs have a part to play here.
The green orb weaver spider spins a small web between two leaves and then hangs underneath waiting for its small prey to become entrapped.
It doesn't hide away, like many spiders, and you would expect its almost fluorescent colour to give it away, however hanging upside down its green underside is well camouflaged amongst the leaves.
Just in case you are wondering the little spider was popped back on a blackcurrant bush to enjoy the rest of its day.