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spider - Araneus diadematus

spider - Araneus diadematus
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
October 19, 2005

Cross Spider
This appears to be a female cross spider (Araneus diadematus), in the family of orb-weavers (Araneidae). This is one of the few Araneus spp. spiders that can be visually ID'd (most need an expert, the spider, and a microscope). She is not dangerous to people, and it great for your yard, as she loves to eat insects caught in her web. :)

Here is the info guidepage for orb weavers.

Thanks for posting some very nice images!

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