David Element

 

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________                    ________________________________________________ Arachnoids 16 – Cross or Garden Spiders

 

 

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

 

CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

A spider on a branch

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

                                                        A close up of a spider

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

 

CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (f)

 

A close up of a spider

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDER Araneus diadematus (m)

 

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CROSS OR GARDEN SPIDERLINGS Araneus diadematus

 

·         The Cross, Garden or Diadem Spider Araneus diadematus is probably one of the most familiar of all British invertebrates. The peak time for locating adults is late summer/early autumn and their webs will be particularly conspicuous if there has been a frost or an early morning mist as they will be covered by dew. These constructions are miniature masterpieces of design and the material used (silk) is extraordinarily strong and flexible in addition to having a sticky surface to entrap insects. The webs cannot be observed by the spiders when they are being constructed as the eyes are positioned on top of the cephalothorax to provide warning of potential predators, so the weaving is performed by touch and using highly coordinated leg movements. As may be seen from the photographs a wide range of prey species will be taken (social wasps, flies and ladybirds have been trapped including an example of the invasive Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis). Some insects may be strong enough to wriggle free, but they will need to do so before being bitten. Once the venom has been injected the spider will release digestive juices and ingest the liquidised internal contents of the paralysed prey, leaving only a husk. The clusters of spiderlings are fascinating to watch, and they will scuttle off in all directions if disturbed. It would be something of a challenge to try to tot up the number of eyes and legs in the final photograph!

 

·         David’s short film of a Cross Spider building her web may be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFkB5ZRRMF8&list=PL4AirIEc0NofrocqOMDdQ-AlSBrfto2ps&index=10.

 

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