Living in rural Mallorca we see plenty of wildlife around the place, so I have become used to sharing space with a variety of creatures, including woodlice, millipedes, mosquitoes, geckos, ants (which have been a particular nuisance this year), and even locusts.
Surprisingly though we don’t see many spiders - despite the obvious presence of extensive and sometimes intricate webs suspended in or between plants in our Mediterranean garden. So we were fascinated to see this one, enjoying the early morning sunshine.
It’s a beautiful specimen, but I wouldn’t want it in my parlour . . .