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|Garden Spider, in my country known as "Križar" (crusader) because of the cross sign he has on his back. The island Susak is full of different species of spiders. The island soil is 99% sandy, very humid and warm. This specimen is found in small leafy bush.|
Latin name: Araneus diadematus
Size: Females up to 13mms, males up to 8mms.
Months seen: June to October.
Habitat: Found in hedgerows, woodlands and gardens.
Food: Mostly flying insects.
Special features: Seen mostly in September and October, when the females sit, upside-down in the centre of their large, circular webs in trees and hedges.
The Garden spider is sometimes called the Cross spider because of the white marking on its abdomen.
The young spiderlings look very different, with their yellow bodies and triangular brown abdomen patch.
If you can't see the spider in the centre of the web, it is probably hiding under a leaf at the edge of the web, waiting for a victim to drop in. You can encourage the spider out by tickling the strands of the web with a blade of grass. The spider will think it is a trapped fly, and come racing out.
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