Garden Spider (araneus diadematus)

by Adrian Morris August. 29, 2021 165 views

Apparently there are about 20,000 species of spiders in the world of which more than 600 have been recorded in the British isles. This garden spider, according to Wikipedia, "...is found throughout Europe and across North America, from Canada to Mexico, and from British Columbia to Newfoundland." It is very common where I live in the UK.

This picture shows the underbody of the spider.

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Tsao T-F 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Good capture, Adrian. +1
You use this ventral view to show off his enlarged pair of pedipalps. So I think it is a male. Maybe he is waiting for his girl to mate.two hearts

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Adrian Morris Replied to Tsao T-F 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind comment. You seem very knowledgable about spiders. To be honest, I didn't know I was photographing from a "ventral view" until I looked at an enlarged image and realised I was photographing where the legs were attached to the body. There wasn't enough room between the web and the garden fence to produce an image of the back of the spider.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Adrian Morris 1 month, 3 weeks ago

smile

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Jay Boggess 1 month, 3 weeks ago

It does look like a jeweled crown (diadem), as suggested in it's Latin last name. 
The brownish-red background is the perfect backdrop to best highlight the spider's colors & the web!+1grinning+1
Nice work!

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Adrian Morris Replied to Jay Boggess 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Jay. The brownish-red background is, in fact, our garden fence.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Adrian Morris 1 month ago

Perfect complimentary backdrop!+1

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