Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Fall Fund Drive

TaxonomyBrowseInfoImagesLinksBooksData
Photo#717601
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.

Images of this individual: tag all
Fall female - Araneus diadematus - female Fall female - Araneus diadematus - female Fall female - Araneus diadematus - female Fall female - Araneus diadematus - female Fall female - Araneus diadematus - female Fall female - Araneus diadematus - female Fall female - Araneus diadematus - female

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.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.