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Copyright: Julia Hollis (Runnerduck) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 57 N: 616] (1851)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-16
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon 100mm F2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-16 14:37
Viewed: 6609
Points: 16
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Araneus diadematus

Araneus diadematus is one of the most common and best known orb weavers. It is easily identified by the distinctive white cross on the abdomen (although in some specimens it is indistinct or missing). In England this spider is commonly known as the 'garden spider', it is also known as the cross spider. They are common in woodlands, heath lands and gardens. They build circular orb webs and can be found either sitting at the centre of the web facing down or in a retreat at the end of a signal line a short distance from the web itself.

This spider is mature from summer to autumn and is usually at its largest in late autumn when it is at its oldest and often full of eggs. After laying their eggs the females die and only the eggs and the spiders that hatched in spring that year will live over winter.

Young spiders emerge from the egg sac in May but usually stay together until they are mature enough to leave. Spiderlings of Araneus diadematus are black and yellow and look almost identical to adults except for the markings.

Because of its abundance, Araneus diadematus is the perfect spider to observe.

Note courtesy of http://www.nicksspiders.com with a few alterations.

These spiderlings are currently in my garden. So far I have counted four large clusters. They tend to huddle in tight balls, with each spiderling hardly moving. But with a gentle blow or slight nudge of a leaf they will slowly disperse and then gather together again. They are fascinating to watch.

(Taken using mono-pod)

Thank you for looking, I appreciate all feedback.

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Not sure about this shot.. spiders give me the wriggles butI cant keep going back to it so it must work ! Well done I think ?


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-16 15:02]

Hi Julia.good shot of the baby spiders.good colours and fine detail.you can see the webb as well.Have you counted them !!TFs well done. good note to.


Hi Julia,
it's a beautiful and interesting shot.
I also had such a spider-nest in my garden, they are so tiny - but together very impressive. Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Julia,
Great shot and composition.But I like its colors very much. Well done.

Quite like the spacial seperation on this Julia. Looking left of frame we make out the form of individual spiders, then to the right the mass of spiders giving some context and insight into their life cycle. Interesting, best, Brat.

Hello Julia,
This is very interesting documentary picture but aslo a good quality one :) I like POV and colours. DOF is also very nice, and note interesting :)
Thank you for showing this picture and best greetings from Poland,

Hi Julia,
Even though spiders really don't bother me, this shot can kinda give you the Willies......Excellent exposure has the colors and detail looking great. Very cool!

Nice picture of a good scene with good sharpness,nice colors and a fine frame.Thanks for sharing,

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