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Photo#337872
Cross Orbweaver - Araneus diadematus - female

Cross Orbweaver - Araneus diadematus - Female
Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington, USA
September 27, 2009

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wow
That's impressive closeup work. What body part are we seeing there?

 
That hook
looking thing is called the scape and the entire area is called the epigynum. Sometimes there is a scape and sometimes not. See

 
function
Great diagram. Boy howdy did that send me off on a tangent. :) So what's the scape for?

 
Good question
I don't know. Decoration? :) Just kidding. I'll have to look it up.

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Moved from Araneus.

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