Araneus Diadematus 1
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|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. This spider is most commonly called in England the 'garden spider', it is also known as the cross spider. This spider is common in woodlands, heathlands and gardens although human activity in gardens discourages them. It builds a circular orb web and can be found either sitting at the center of the web with its head down or in a retreat at the end of a signal line.|
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. 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 different behaviour in. By placing a fly in the web of the spider you can observe the spider's fly catching behaviour and observe what an effective predator it is. If you are lucky enough to see a female Araneus diadematus with a male in her web, you could be able to observe the spider mating.
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A very nice shot of this "cross-spider".
Nice colors and POV.
Too bad I'm arachnophobic... :(