Araneus diadematus
(Cross Orb-weaver)

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

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My son found it attached to a deflated flotation device. I mesured the abdomen at approximatly 1.5cm in diameter. it is a 3cm air plug that it's gripping to. I was able to carefully capture it and release it deeper into the garden. I heard a distinct hiss when I did the capture but I am not sure if that was the spider. What kind of spider is it please?

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Thanks for catching and releasing her. I don’t think any of us can identify her from her from the angle she’s posing in. I can tell you that it’s a female orbweaver spider. They usually have banded legs with thick hairs. Since you last saw her she probably laid eggs that are enclosed in a silken egg sack. Her babies will hatch in the spring. I don’t know if she could hiss, some spiders can make faint noises. I’ll probably find out, I have a history of annoying insects and spiders. Quite a few insects will leap directly at you… Read more »

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Hi, me again. She might be Araneus gemma. I see now that she has projections on her shoulders and a white line between them.

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Araneus diadematus (Cross Orb-weaver)

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