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European garden spider - feeding, Heeswijk-Dinther, Netherlands Feeding on the head of a wrapped up flesh fly. Araneus diadematus,Europe,European garden spider,Heeswijk-Dinther,Netherlands,World Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

European garden spider - feeding, Heeswijk-Dinther, Netherlands

Feeding on the head of a wrapped up flesh fly.

    comments (7)

  1. Perfectly gruesome. I love it! Posted one month ago
    1. It helps that I have little sympathy for flesh flies. Posted one month ago
      1. For sure. I would feel sad if it was eating a moth. Posted one month ago
        1. I saw one the spiders in my tomatoes with a sweat bee :( of all the beasties it could have caught in there it had to catch one that is harmless (in fact beneficial) and pretty Posted one month ago, modified one month ago
          1. It's awful to see them with bees! Posted one month ago
  2. Brilliant capture! I have absolutely loads of these in the garden at the moment, but always in some weird place or position, so not having much luck in getting a decent photo. Posted one month ago
    1. Same here. I think it's a late summer thing, they're suddenly everywhere. Posted one month ago

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The spider species ''Araneus diadematus'' is commonly called the European garden spider, diadem spider, orangie, cross spider and crowned orb weaver. It is sometimes called the pumpkin spider, although this name is also used for a different species, ''Araneus marmoreus''. It is an orb-weaver spider found in Europe and North America.

Similar species: Spiders
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Sep 17, 2021. Captured Aug 21, 2021 15:18.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/8.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO64
  • 50mm