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Aug 23, 2013 10:53 AM

Garden cross spider? ID Please

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?

 

DSCF4611.JPGDSCF4595.JPGDSCF4582.JPGDSCF4595.JPGPlease 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.DSCF4582.JPG

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    Aug 23, 2013 12:18 PM (in response to John)
    Re: Garden cross spider? ID Please

    Hi John,

     

    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.

     

    Regards, Mark.

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        Aug 23, 2013 1:51 PM (in response to John)
        Re: Garden cross spider? ID Please

        Hi John,

         

        We normally refer to body size (head/cephalothorax & abdomen), excluding legs.

         

        Cheers, Mark.

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          Aug 25, 2013 11:03 PM (in response to MWJB)
          Re: Garden cross spider? ID Please

          I have been watching this beautiful fat `Garden Cross` eating  wasps etc during the day and rebuilding her web at night.She (I think it`s a she ) is probably 20mm w/o legs but I`d just thought I`d share this photo that I took with flash.

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