Araneus diadematus
(Cross Orb-weaver)

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Picture of Araneus diadematus (Cross Orb-weaver) - Female - Ventral

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Orb-weaver. She's been with me since spring of this year, hanging out in the kitchen near the recycling bin where many flying insects have been attracted, so she has been well fed. Now that the winter is here though I worry that there won't be enough. I soak a Kleenex in water nearby to hydrate her. Any suggestions on how and what to feed her?

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That’s really sweet! I have spiders that realized that my compost bin is an awesome place to live. Now, the hard part. Her genetic lifespan is one year (autumn to autumn). Her metabolism is partially temperature based, like that of the insects she preys on. In cold temperatures they become slow. You may notice honeybees laying alive,but unable to fly, on the ground when it starts to get cold. Freezing air temperatures will bring her metabolism to a stop and she will die. If she were to live she would be unable to move or find food or water and… Read more »

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Cross Orb-weaver, Araneus diadematus

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