European Gardenspider <i><b>Araneus diadematus</i></b>

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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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Afzal

Afzal - Aug 12, 2007 2:17 am - Voted 10/10

Nice Shot!

Nice shot!

Mark Straub

Mark Straub - Jan 13, 2008 9:26 am - Voted 10/10

Great photo!

Excellent spider shot. Nice composition and focus; I like being able to see even the hairs on its body!
-Mark

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jan 14, 2008 12:36 am - Voted 10/10

Sweet photography !

You really know how to capture
the essence of the spider!

Azra

Azra - Jan 14, 2008 5:34 pm - Voted 10/10

Good shot!

I like it
:-)
Thank you for posting!

Lodewijk

Lodewijk - Jan 18, 2008 3:44 am - Voted 10/10

Mooi!

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

BazZ

BazZ - Jan 18, 2008 3:00 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Mooi!

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

hiltrud.liu

hiltrud.liu - Feb 11, 2008 2:47 pm - Voted 10/10

Sweet...

and horrible!
Cheers, Hiltrud

Dow Williams

Dow Williams - Mar 1, 2008 10:20 am - Voted 10/10

ok...

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

BazZ

BazZ - Mar 11, 2008 2:51 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: ok...

: )

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