I haven’t posted much this year, but when I saw this wonderfully seasonal spider video on pendantry’s blog, I coundn’t resist.
While out walking this morning, I almost walked into a spider’s web which had been spun across the footpath. The spider responsible was dangling from a tree and, while I have to respect her optimism, I’m not entirely convinced that she could have managed a human sized meal.
On the subject of not being entirely convinced, Waarnemingen tells me that this is almost certainly an Araneus diadematus, also known as a European garden spider. I don’t know a lot but I do know that this species normally has cross-shaped markings across it’s back — and this is something I couldn’t see while waving my camera around in the middle of a field.
So if anyone out there is better able to identify this, or knows anything that I don’t (which is most people), please do leave a comment.