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Garden spider (Araneus diadematus)

The Garden spider is the UK’s most common orb web spider and is abundant in gardens, grassland and woodland – it can be found almost everywhere, in fact. It builds a ‘typical’ spider web (spirals with radial threads) out of sticky silk. It sits in the middle of the web, waiting to feel the vibrations of a struggling insect caught in the sticky threads. It then rushes out and wraps its prey tightly in silk. Once immobilised, it will kill its victim with a venomous bite.

Adults appear from June to November, and the young emerge from their silk egg sac the following spring.

Seen in the gardens of Chiswick House in August 2020


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