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Cross Orbweaver - Araneus diadematus - female

Cross Orbweaver - Araneus diadematus - Female
Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
February 10, 2011
Found in the basement of the DSHS Building in Pioneer Square, Corner of King and 1st. (part of the Seattle Underground)

Adult female Araneus diadematus found overwintering in the Seattle Underground. I checked and they have fully developed epigynes.

From Rod Crawford: Undoubtedly they matured months "late" compared to specimens that were outdoors. There must be a prey source down there or they probably wouldn't have matured at all.

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Cross Orbweaver - Araneus diadematus - female Cross Orbweaver - Araneus diadematus - female

Interesting discovery. Her
Interesting discovery.

Here in Germany they can live up to two years, but rather than maturing late they have two mating seasons -- I think.

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