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European garden spider (newly hatched spiderlings)

Araneus diadematus

Description:

Recently hatched spiderlings of Araneus diadematus on a web. The baby spiders hang out in a tight ball (shown) unless disturbed, when they rapidly disperse along silk lines. After the danger has passed, they return to the ball.

Habitat:

Suburban garden

Notes:

I found 5 of these "balls" in the garden this morning!

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21 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Thank you Lauren & Jemma!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Beautiful babies!

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Congratulations on the birth of these spiderlings.
Happy Birthday to all the millions of newly born orb weavers.Keep us informed on how they disperse etc.!!
I am observing two spiderlings on the web. They have already become skilled hunters, Seem to be growing slowly though. I never saw their siblings.
Too many phoebes in my garden......

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Thanks Harsha!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 8 years ago

Wow! So many! Lucky to have seen them Karen. :)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

U seen it from eyes, i m just seeing the pic..you are right Karen :)

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

The whole ball is only about half an inch across Adarsha & looks like a seed head at first glance.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

At once, it looked like beehive :)

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Thanks Alice!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Wonderful!

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Thanks Dez!

Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 8 years ago

Wow wow wow! I love this!

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

I squealed with delight each time I found one of these balls this morning Aaron! The other 4 had all started to disperse - just one brave little guy had begun to venture away from this one!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 8 years ago

Haha...men and their 'tidy' gardens ;-)

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 8 years ago

I very nearly squealed with delight upon seeing this spotting! :-D

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

My husband recently enquired why there was an enormous "weed" in the middle of the flower bed - it was a 5' tall thistle of some kind. I told him, that it was a native wildflower & that the butterflies loved it - he didn't look too convinced but it remained until it finally blew over!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 8 years ago

I tried to let mine grow a bit wilder and left everything in for the bees and butterflies etc then my Dad came round round whilst I was at work and thought he would 'help me out' by tidying up my flower bed and taking out all the 'weeds' :-(

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

My parent's garden is a little unkempt & overgrown - a perfect environment for spiders Debbie!

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 8 years ago

Great photo Karen, must be a great garden to have 5 of them in!

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Thanks Mauna! There are garden spiders of all sizes everywhere I look in my parents' garden - it's awesome to see so many!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago

Great spotting, Karen!

KarenL
Spotted by
KarenL

London Borough of Bromley, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Jul 2, 2013
Submitted on Jul 2, 2013

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