Marbled orbweaver mid-dash
I've shared this species before, but they have such a unique visual, I thought another image would be nice for the records!
It was a delight to learn of these North American spiders and come across them. Here, I captured an image just as this female was making a dash to the centre of her web and a potential next meal. Not the two flies pictured - they were not worth bothering with!
15 mm body length
''Araneus marmoreus'', commonly called the marbled orb-weaver is a species of spider belonging to the family Araneidae. It has a Holarctic distribution. The web is built low down in heathland and in woodland clearings.