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Dec 4, 2013 9:58 PM

Can someone identify this scary looking spider please!

I found this spider on my doorstep yesterday and I have never come across one that looks scary. It's as if it has a scull on its back with 2 red eyes. I is about the size of a 10p.

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  • Hi Niknaks14,

     

    This is a European garden spider (Araneus diadematus), they're very common but yours does have very striking markings, a beaut! They are very variable in colour, but the white cross on the abdomen is usually visible.

     

    They are a bit gruesome looking (large, hairy, stripey) but are actually quite docile - I had some move indoors at the end of last summer, they typically play dead, or run for it if they feel threatened.

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