Araneus diadematus

Araneus diadematus

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A close up photograph of a common garden spider Araneus diadematus
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by Bruce Marlin (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Garden spiders are a frequent sight during summer and autumn. Find their webs strung across garden paths, gates and washing lines - hence, the name garden spider! They're orb weavers, which means these spiders build the web using spirals of silk with radial threads adjoining them. They can be variable. Sometimes their colour differs slightly, and the white abdominal markings can vary; although a characteristic shared by all individuals is the white abdominal cross. These spiders become active from June through to November.
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Traits

Spiders help to control flies, wasps, beetles and other annoying garden pests!

Appearance

A reasonably large spider. These spiders can grow as large as 1.5cm and as small as 1cm when fully grown. These spiders can be black, whereas others a deep fox-red. There are normally variable splodges and spots on the abdomen, however, all spiders tend to possess a characteristic white cross on the abdomen. Tip: See these spiders webs draped across garden shrubs, gates and doorways. This behaviour is most prevalent during autumn (September-November). They'll construct their webs almost anywhere!

Activity

Diurnal

Personality

Order

Araneae

Family

Araneidae

Metamorphosis

Incomplete

Distribution

These spiders are present across Europe and Asia, reaching as far as Japan. They can also be found in some parts of North America.

Biological treatment

If you have spiders pitching up webs in the garden, it's best to leave them to their business. A spiders web acts in the same way as a sticky trap you'd use for plants. Likewise, orb weavers don't tend to be picky, so they'll eat anything that lands on the web. Spiders provide some of the best pest control and it's all free of cost!

Chemical treatment

It's not advised to use chemical treatments to deter spiders. This is mainly because of all the benefits they can provide in the garden and home. If you dislike them, they can be repelled from the house by spraying a mixture of peppermint oil diluted with water. This can be sprayed around doorframes and windowsills. Spiders dislike the essential oil and will run in the opposite direction!

Repels

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Knowledge and advice

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