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May 18, 2013 11:34 PM

Spiderling and parasite ID - UK

I found this tiny spiderling on a Plum tree in my garden today.  I was fascinated by it's almost neon green markings and then noticed what looked like two parasites attached to it, one much bigger than the other.  I'm interested to know what type of spider it might be and also if the two 'attachments' on it are parasites.  The spiderling is feeding on a small insect in the photo and the second photo is to show scale.

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    May 19, 2013 7:30 AM (in response to McCormac)
    Re: Spiderling and parasite ID - UK

    The spider is an Araniella species (A. cucurbitina is the common one) and yes, it's been parasitised by a couple of hymenopterous larvae. I occasionally see linyphiids with such parasites but rarely spiders from other families.

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