Four spot orb weaver spider
Gaynor Lewis (August)
This four spot orb weaver (Areaneus quadratus) decided to hitch a lift on my back into the office from down by the lake. With a body about the size of a penny and a total size including its legs, slightly bigger than a two pound coin, it had wandered around my back unnoticed until someone pointed it out.
These spiders have four dramatic white spots on their abdomen. Their colour can also range from brown to bright orange and green. They build their webs close to the ground to catch jumping insects.
The female spider builds an elaborate web which has a funnel-shaped retreat off to the side, she can also change her colour to match the environment she is living in. You can find them in gardens, wooded areas or wherever there is vegetation for them to string their web across.
Look out for one near you (or maybe even on you).