Garden spiderlings

European garden spider, Araneus diadematus

European garden spider, Araneus diadematus

A portrait of young insects seemed appropriate for my first blogpost, so here are some spiderlings of the European garden spider (Araneus diadematus), also known as the Cross spider and Diadem spider. Common to the UK, these creatures weave the classic orb web of popular imagery and when they lay their eggs, stay with them for the rest of their life – dying in the autumn before the eggs eventually hatch in spring.

It’s apparently rare to be bitten by this type of spider, and its bite is harmless to humans, but if the male of the species doesn’t approach the female with caution, it could become her lunch!

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