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Araneus quadratus

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 20 November 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Araneus quadratus (NL: Viervlekwielwebspin / EN: Four-spot orb-weaver / DE: Vierfleckkreuzspinne / FR: épeire carrée, épeire à quatre points) is a common orb-weaver spider found in Europe and Asia. Females can reach 17 mm in length, especially when gravid, males approximately half that. They are quite variable in appearance, ranging from brown to bright orange or green, but they always have the characteristic four white spots on the abdomen. The darker color morphs are easiest to identify, due to the contrast between the white spots and the rest of the body. The legs are sometimes brightly striped. The spider lives in gardens, wooded areas, or wherever there is vegetation to string an orb web across. This species builds its web close to the ground to catch jumping insects such as small grasshoppers. The female builds the more elaborate web, complete with a funnel-shaped retreat off to the side where she goes during inclement weather. The web is smaller and closer to the ground than those of other species of orb-weaver. Adult females can actively change their color. It takes about three days to take on colors that accurately match their resting surface.

Image: Kalmthout (B) - 10/09/2011

Canon EOS 400D 1/1000 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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L'Angevine from Angers, France

elle est très belle mais je vais éviter ces papattes car j'y suis allergique

20 Nov 2011 12:57pm

@L'Angevine: Thanks for the compliment and indeed try to avoid contact then ...

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine capture

20 Nov 2011 9:53pm

@john4jack: Thank you very much, John.

Jaytee from Fresno, California, United States


20 Nov 2011 11:38pm

@Jaytee: :-)

Jerry - a moment in time [...] from Chicago, United States

Wow - great details!!

21 Nov 2011 3:57am

@Jerry - a moment in time [...]: I only recently started making images of spiders and I am always amazed to see these details. Thanks for your comment, Jerry.

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Fantastic 5***** capture

21 Nov 2011 8:31pm

@Christine: Thank you very much for your comment, Christine !

Canon EOS 400D
1/1000 second
ISO 200
150 mm