Incy wincy spider climbing up the spout,
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Up came the sun and dried up all the rain,
Incy wincy spider climbs the spout again.
Children love being tickled as they hear this rhyme. They might not like the real thing.
On our terrace, it lay quietly. Some of its legs were hidden under its body. A closer look revealed beautiful markings. I placed a thin cloth over it and removed it to the garden before our dogs or humans disturbed it.
The European garden spider, diadem or cross orb weaver spider has detailed markings. Daily, it spins an orb-like web to catch its prey. It’s found in gardens, hedgerows and exterior buildings with lighting where flying insects are attracted.