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European garden spider
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[Photo] European Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus). Picture taken by Tim Bekaert (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Tbc) in Heule (Belgium) on September, 26 2004.
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The European garden spider
, cross spider
) is a very common and well-known orb-weaver spider
in Western Europe. Araneus diadematus
also lives in parts of North America, in a range extending from New England and the Southeast to the Northwestern United States and adjacent parts of Canada.
s' colouring can range from extremely light yellow to very dark gray, but all European garden spider
s have mottled markings across the back with five or more large white dots forming a cross. The white dots result from cells that are filled with guanine, which is a byproduct of protein metabolism.
s have been known to stridulate when threatened.
It is hard to provoke a garden spider
to bite - if it does, the bite is slightly unpleasant, though utterly harmless to humans.
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