Araneus diadematus
(Cross Orb-weaver)

Picture ID 51562

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

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Possibly a wolf spider? It was found dead outside, right beside the house. It was cold outside and there were (I'm pretty sure) a bunch of wolf spiders in the basement before.

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TangledWeb

Totally not a wolf spider. She was an orb-weaver, Araneus diadematus. Probably death by natural causes- age & cold air & lack of flying insects & dehydration. If she left behind an egg sack or a nest of hatchlings they should survive the winter, they’re freeze-tolerant.

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