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Cross Orbweaver

Araneus diadematus


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 filled with guanine, which is a byproduct of protein metabolism.


Found around the house in a heavily wooded area.


In the first two photos it is starting to wrap or eat a Crane Fly.

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KimLomman 8 years ago

Thanks. I can't escape them, they're everywhere here.

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

nice one@ love orbweavers, haven't seen this one yet

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Mirrormont, Washington, USA

Spotted on Sep 11, 2013
Submitted on Sep 13, 2013

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