Araneus diadematus (NL: Kruisspin / EN: European garden spider / DE: Gartenkreuzspinne / FR: Épeire diadème) is a very common and well-known orb-weaver spider in Europe and parts of North America. Individual spiders' colouring can range from extremely light yellow to very dark grey, but all European garden spiders have mottled markings across the back with five or more large white dots forming a cross. Instead of making an image of this well-known cross-pattern at the back, I chose to make an image of the wonderfull way the legs are attached to the cephalothorax, with a view upon the chelicerae and the pedipalps with the little detail of the spider licking its "fingers" after the meal ...
Image: Wijnegem (B) - 04/09/2011
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