Araneus diadematus
(Cross Orb-weaver)

Picture ID 35338

Picture of Araneus diadematus (Cross Orb-weaver) - Dorsal

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I was gone and my wife saw it. She moved it from brick facing on house to a pile of sticks some distance away. I was struck by spiny legs in one of the photos. Cool late summer day.

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TangledWeb

She looks like an Araneus diadematus. She has paler colors than most cross orbweavers. I need to learn more about spider leg hair. Never thought I would say that phrase. I think it helps disguise their legs as leaf petioles and is used for cleaning their webs and self-grooming, and other leg hair uses, depending on the species.

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