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Fall female - Araneus diadematus - female

Fall female - Araneus diadematus - Female
Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
October 25, 2012
Size: ~12mm body length
Found on the doorstep. A number of these shriveled spiders turn up in the fall, after laying their eggs. They seem to guard their egg sacs for a few days and then wander off.

This one was pretty lethargic and didn't even protest when I gently flipped her over for the ventral shot. I tried feeding her, but she doesn't seem interested. I suspect she may be dying. I left her in a sheltered place around the side of the house.

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Yes, they're on their last le
Yes, they're on their last leg about this time of year.

We had one that built a web on the inside of a window here a few years ago. I fed her flies well into the late fall, but she didn't live beyond the winter solstice, as I recall.

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