I don't usually see the male of this species. You see the female Garden spiders in the autumn, often hanging in the middle of their big orb webs on your bushes, or hiding at the edge with one foot on a special strand of silk to detect vibrations.

The male has a much smaller abdomen and long, gangly legs compared to the female (or so it seems to me). This one was guarding my front door from the porch and actually pounced on my finger when I prodded its leg. It gave me quite a fright! The body is actually not much more than a centimetre long but those legs make it fairly intimidating. Here's a picture of a female for comparison purposes.


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