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Araneus diadematus
(Cross Orb-weaver)

Picture ID 190967

Picture of Araneus diadematus (Cross Orb-weaver)
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TangledWeb

This is an elderly female spider. Her abdomen is lumpy and her posterior points downward since she filled her egg sac. The older females often are photographed on the ground. I suspect that they become to dehydrated and weak to make webs and go to the ground to find food and water.

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