Help please!, I'm new to this so, think my first post was in the wrong place!! (Discussions)
I found what appears to be a garden cross spider, in a garden in New Ash Green, Nr.Longfield in Kent. the info states that these spiders are in the region of 4-8mm. The spider I found looks the same but is much bigger, is this the same spider?
Please find attached pics. Although it is very difficult to one handed take a shot and hold a ruler in the same focal plane, it is still very clear that this spider is not 8mm in size! in the pic showing the spider wrapping up it's catch, to give an idea of proportion please know that this is a large bumble bee it's dealing with.
Garden spiders (Araneus diadematus), females in particular, typically grow somewhat bigger than 8mm body length. In fact 8mm would be on the small side for an adult female. A little over a centimetre is quite normal, their Wiki entry suggests they can hit 20mm.
Thank you for your response.
You say they can hit 20mm, so you can see why she drew my attention at 40ish mm!! the tape measure is as near as damn it tickling her undersides, so is only possibly a few mm in front of her. Oh! just had a thought.... are legs included when sizes are given?