Eureka, Humboldt County, California, USA October 5, 2005 Size: One inch
Well, this is the time of year they come out. ^^ Looking them up online, I've seen these guys referred to as "garden spider" a lot. In my area, however, everybody knows these as pumpkin spiders; and starting in about September they are absolutely everywhere! I adore them. Last year, one built a full-sized web across our front doorway and one of my housemates quite nearly ran into it--the only thing that stopped him was the lady herself sitting in the middle.
This particular one is living on a fence outside my neighbor's yard. I believe the right species is Araneus diadematus.
Contributed by Mariah Bowline on 6 October, 2005 - 11:34pm Last updated 16 December, 2005 - 8:40pm
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