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Aug 26, 2012 8:29 PM

Spider Identification

My granddaughter found this rather scary spider in my garden this afternoon. Has anybody any ideas as to what it might be? Harmless or not?Scary Spider.JPG

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    Aug 27, 2012 12:14 AM (in response to NigelH)
    Re: Spider Identification

    This is araneus diadematus AKA the European garden spider. They obviously don't read, as I have a colony permanently situated indoors in my living room ;-) They usually stick to their webs, often hanging in a cross shape in the centre (AKA cross orb weaver), or hiding out in a corner of the web, monitoring for movement. The females (like yours pictured) can grow fairly large & plump, therefore looking a little intimidating, but they are pretty docile & tend to run & hide if hassled. The males are more gangly & skinnier, even less photogenic? ;-)


    They are big spiders for the UK and potentially can deliver a nip (which may be sore & leave you under the weather for a couple of days, but it won't make you seriously ill by any means) but unless you accidentally roll around on one, the chances of this are very rare indeed. Mine never actually venture into the room proper, sticking to the window frames, we only cross paths when I go to them. They can spin pretty large webs and I guess that their habit of sitting in the centre means that folks do occasionally barge straight into them, through not having spotted the web.


    They vary in colour wildly, some of the more reddish, orangey ones can be quite pretty...


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