The Living Forest (339) : Cross Spider

The Living Forest (339) : Cross Spider

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Mark Billiau.

Premium (World), region Antwerp, Belgium

The Living Forest (339) : Cross Spider

The Cross Spider (also known as Garden Spider) is very common in forests, heathlands, hedgerows and gardens.
It can easily be identified by a distinctive cross on the upside (not visible on my picture that shows the belly side).

This spider can usually be found sitting at the center of its web, head down, waiting for a prey to get entangled in the web.
The victim is then quickly captured and always wrapped in silk before being eaten.

The female of this species is much larger than a male and thus, the much smaller male must approach a female very cautiously if he wants to mate.
Did you know that if he's not careful, he can end up being eaten by her !
Speaking of girl power…….

Dutch name : Kruisspin
German name : Gartenkreuzspinne
Latin name : Araneus diadematus

Comments 32

  • H. Friedrich 29/09/2015 21:37

    In einem feinen Licht hast Du die Kreuzspinne festgehalten, so dass man alle Details gut erkennen kann.
    VG Heidrun
  • s. sabine krause 25/09/2015 15:56

    the "being wrapped in silk before being eaten" – nice touch! ; ) i experience it every morning these early autumn days: whenever i cross the front yard, i get entangled in the thread of some very tiny spider – not a cross spider but CROSS with me anyway, i'm sure, as she has to rebuild every morning – big prey like me is a nuisance: destroys the net and always gets away without being digested ; ), and yet… she never tires of trying again! eyes always bigger than the belly, i guess… ; )) greetings, sabine.
  • Jochen Braband 24/09/2015 21:13

    Ein beeindruckendes Foto ....
    aus dieser Perspektive selten
    gezeigt ... Klasse Arbeit!
    Alles Gute, Jochen
  • Rudolf Averbeck 24/09/2015 14:04

    Ein tolles Makro!
    Man kann z.Z. beobachten, wie sie täglich dicker werden.
    Liebe Grüße
  • Anita Jarzombek-Krauledies 23/09/2015 23:04

    Super hast Du sie präsentiert! Sie haben jetzt Hochsaison:-)
    Viele Grüße Anita
  • irminsul 23/09/2015 21:49

    Tolle Unterseitenaufnahme - sie sind jetzt fast überall anzutreffen - hab mit einem Blumenstrauß sogar eine
    in die Küche eingeschleppt ....
    LG Jörg
  • TeresaM 23/09/2015 21:48

    Impressionnante & excellente photo de la belle araignée !!
  • Wolfgang Bazer 23/09/2015 21:16

    Eine fantastische Aufnahme!
    LG Wolfgang
  • Adele Oliver 23/09/2015 21:15

    so many sharp details - great to see and also to see his underparts .... a fine macro capture, and especially good with the dark background !!
    greetings, Adele
  • Mirjam Burer 23/09/2015 21:02

    frightning and scary but great quality and light...
    compliment Mark and thank you for the explanations always..
    lg, Mirjam
  • Vitória Castelo Santos 23/09/2015 19:38

    Amazing macro !!
  • Sigrid E 23/09/2015 15:49

    Ein sehr detailreiches Makro!
    LG Sigrid
  • mario valentini 23/09/2015 15:13

    This spider is very good.
  • Inge Stüwe 23/09/2015 13:39

    Eine großartiges Makro,
    wirkt toll auf diesem HG
    Liebe Grüße