Araneidae  Clerck, 1757 / Araneus  Clerck, 1757   24 species

Araneus diadematus  Clerck, 1757

Description

Body colour very variable, from light yellowish to brownish, reddish to almost black. Legs distinctly annulated. Opisthosoma appearing angular anteriorly, widest in anterior third, dorsally with distinct, cross-shaped, white pattern.

Body length male: 4-11 mm
Body length female: 10-22.5 mm
Additional information

On herbs and bushes, mostly in forest edges, in gardens and at buildings

Frequency: Very frequent

Distribution
  Presence
  No data
Global distribution (WSC 2018): Europe, Near East, Turkey, Caucasus, Russia to Central Asia, China, Japan. Introduced to North America
Phenology
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References

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Updates
08-01-2017 Image insert
01-12-2013 Distribution update Old value