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The European garden spider (Araneus diadematus), diadem spider, or cross spider, is a very common and well-known orb-weaver spider in Western Europe. Araneus diadematus also lives in parts of North America, in a range extending from New England and the Southeast to California and the Northwestern United States and adjacent parts of Canada.

Individual spiders' colouring can range from extremely light yellow to very dark grey, but all European garden spiders have mottled markings across the back with five or more large white dots forming a cross. The white dots result from cells that are filled with guanine, which is a byproduct of protein metabolism.

The third pair of legs of garden spiders are specialized for assisting in the spinning of orb webs. These spiders also use them to move around on their web without getting stuck. These legs are useful only in the web; while on the ground, these legs are of little value.

Garden spiders have been known to stridulate when threatened.

Since this tends to be a passive animal, it is difficult to provoke to bite - but if it does, the bite is just slightly unpleasant and completely harmless to humans.

The webs are built by the larger females who usually lie head down on the web waiting for prey to get entangled in the web. The prey is then quickly captured and wrapped in silk before being eaten. Orb Spiders are said to eat their webs each night along with many of the small insects stuck to it. They have been observed doing this within a couple of minutes. A new web is then spun in the morning.

The much smaller male will approach the female cautiously in order to mate. If not careful, he could end up being eaten by her.

source: wikipedia

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AfzalNice Shot!

Afzal

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Nice shot!
Posted Aug 12, 2007 2:17 am

Mark StraubGreat photo!

Mark Straub

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Excellent spider shot. Nice composition and focus; I like being able to see even the hairs on its body!
-Mark
Posted Jan 13, 2008 9:26 am

lcarreauSweet photography !

lcarreau

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You really know how to capture
the essence of the spider!
Posted Jan 14, 2008 12:36 am

AzraGood shot!

Azra

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I like it
:-)
Thank you for posting!
Posted Jan 14, 2008 5:34 pm

LodewijkMooi!

Lodewijk

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Mooie foto Bas! en een vraag: Hoe zet je een foto die al op SP staat(zoals deze) weer als User Profile Image? Ik heb echt geen idee namelijk! Bedankt! mzzl Low
Posted Jan 18, 2008 3:44 am

BazZRe: Mooi!

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Als je de foto aan klikt staat er in de oranje balk : make this my profile image. En klaar.

Ik ben er ook pas vorige week achter gekomen.

Gr Bas
Posted Jan 18, 2008 3:00 pm

hiltrud.liuSweet...

hiltrud.liu

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and horrible!
Cheers, Hiltrud
Posted Feb 11, 2008 2:47 pm

Dow Williamsok...

Dow Williams

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this is one of the most awesome nature photos I have ever seen...what a perspective....a barb that effects mammals in a negative fashion being used to this predator's benefit....very cool photo, cheers
Posted Mar 1, 2008 10:20 am

BazZRe: ok...

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Posted Mar 11, 2008 2:51 pm

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BazZSubmitted by BazZ
on Aug 11, 2007 7:22 pm

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Lat/Lon: 51.49164°N / 5.03586°E
Object Title: European Gardenspider Araneus diadematus

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