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European garden spider (Araneus diadematus)

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The most commonly seen spider in our gardens, hence it name. Garden spiders vary in colour from a light yellowy-brown to very dark brown, but they all have a characteristic white cross-shaped group of spots on their abdomen. It spins the familiar orb web and feeds on flies, wasps ⦠[Read more]butterflies, tending to ignore smaller prey. After mating the females body become swollen with eggs that are laid in a silken web sac that she guards until she dies in late autumn. The eggs hatch the next spring in May.

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26th Sep 2011 by Abdallah Abdullah

Subjects:
Art and Design, Environmental Science, Science

Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4

Geocode: Watton at Stone

Keywords:
spider garden common orb web

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