Araneus quadratus (NL: Viervlekwielwebspin / EN: Four-spot orb-weaver / DE: Vierfleckkreuzspinne / FR: Epeire carrée, Epeire à quatre points). More info on the species: see yesterday's post.
After several attempts (lasting more than half an hour) of the male to seduce the female, the female finally rejected him by turning him its back and fleeing into her hiding place. The male had to give up his attempts. It was a wonderful experience to witness the courtship display of this species and maybe in the future the male is more lucky and I will be able to make some images of the actual copulation...
Image: Wommelgem (BE) – 16/08/2012
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