Araneus diadematus – The Cross Spider

I’m not one for spiders.  As a matter of fact, I really don’t like them at all.  But that doesn’t stop me from appreciating them as a part of this planet’s wildlife and therefore a great photo subject.

From back in my Ontario travels, I came across a couple of large Cross Spiders – otherwise known as the European Garden Spider, Orb Spider or “Araneus diadematus”.

cross spider / Araneus diadematus

The photos here are of adult females. The males are much smaller, and generally consumed by the female after mating. A sure sign of “entitled feminism” perhaps? (best left for ranting about at another time).

cross spider / Araneus diadematus

After doing a bit of research, I’ve discovered that the cross spider is common throughout a wide range of habitats, including gardens, meadows, woodland clearings and your home near exterior lighting.

cross spider / Araneus diadematus

This spider can bite humans when it needs to defend itself, and the bite is similar to a low strength bee sting. Though uncomfortable, it’s generally harmless to humans.

I had fun grabbing this close up macro photos, and the spiders went unharmed after the photo shoot despite the fact I had a slight shiver go up my spine when done getting up close and personal with these lovely ladies.

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