This page will contain photos and information on all the New Species.
If we run out of new species we will use this page to display information on some of the species found in the Dene.
This is also called the
European garden spider, diadem spider, orangie, cross spider and crowned orb
spiders' colourings can range from extremely light yellow to very dark grey,
but all A. diadematus have mottled white markings across the dorsal abdomen,
with four or more segments forming a cross. The markings are formed in cells
filled with guanine, which is a byproduct of protein metabolism.
females range in length from 6.5 to 20 mm (0.26 to 0.79 in), while males range
from 5.5 to 13 mm (0.22 to 0.51 in). Occasionally, the female will eat the
male directly after mating
legs of orb-weaver spiders are specialized for spinning orb webs. The webs are
built by the larger females who hang head down in the center of the web or
remain hidden in nearby foliage, with one claw hooked to a signal line
connected to the main orb waiting for a disturbance to signal the arrival of
Prey is then quickly bitten and wrapped in silk before being stored for
later consumption. The initial bite serves to paralyze the prey and minimize
the danger of the spider herself being stung or bitten, and the enzymes thus
injected serve to begin liquefaction of the prey's internal structures.
the use of the web to capture other prey, the spiders are also cannibals and
prey on each other. However, this only happens before, during or after sexual
activity. They attack based on their size, sexual experience and hunger levels.
diadematus is a reclusive creature and only bites humans if cornered or
otherwise provoked. It responds to a disturbance by vibrating rapidly in its
web until it becomes a blur, a reaction that is assumed to confuse potential
spiders are extremely common and can be found across the UK. As the name
suggests, they often occur in gardens, but are plentiful in more natural
habitats such as woodland and grassland too.
seen: June to October