I think it's a cross orb-weaver spider?
Actually, I think it is a less common orbweaver. Araneus nordmanni, perhaps?
I thought with the distinctive “cross” on it that it was a cross orb-weaver. Either way, it is indeed a beautiful specimen!
I’m not certain. The “cross ” actually isn’t usually this distinct, just the intersection of two thin white dashed lines. Your spider is way more fancy than that. 🙂 The white and black banded legs aren’t typical for Araneus diadematus, but they are for a few other a Araneus species. The crisp zigzags on the back are different from the usual wavy lines. So are the dots down the back and the geometric markings on the sides. She looks like a piece of artwork. Our Site Moderator has much more experience at this than I do. I’ll ask her to… Read more »
Odd you should mention “a piece of art work”. I’ve thought of painting it as a spider and as an abstract of just the design. I look forward to reading what Itsy Bitsy
It would be a cool wood block print too. She’s got a nice Art deco plus cubism thing going on. My best friend is a professional artist in the mid-century modernistic style. She does a lot of biology-inspired works. I wish she wasn’t afraid to look at the markings on spiders.
Hi, this looks like the black and white color morph of Araneus marmoreus. (Marbled Orb-weaver)
This is definitely Araneus marmoreus. The paler color morphs are more common the further north you go.
Thanks, I didn’t know they are paler to the North.