Wednesday, 26 September 2007

European Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus)

Adult European Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus - unknwon subspecies) at Geddington, Northants - October 2010

OTHER NAMES: Diadem Spider, Cross Spider, Crowned Orb Weaver
Featured Subspecies: Unknown
Weight: ?
Length: 5.5-20mm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated 

The European Garden Spider is one of the most common and recognisable species of Spider in the UK, as its name suggests, often found in gardens.  Though the individual here doesn't show it that well, it is recognisable by the white cross on the brown background markings on its abdomen.  They can grow fairly large - up to 2cm long, but differ greatly between male and female.

Related Species:
Order: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
Genus: Araneus
SUBSPECIES: A. d. islandicus, A. d. nemorosus, A. d. soror, A. d. stellatus

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A widespread resident
 - Seen at Geddington

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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