It’s that time of year when the wonderful orb-weaver spiders are growing to their plumpest and it’s just as well I consider them to be a separate class from house spiders, as I walk into their webs in the garden several times a week. House spiders and shed or garage spiders make me phobic, but garden spiders don’t.
This shadow on the curtain net was what greeted me one early morning as the sun was coming up. Luckily the spider was on the outside of the window, so it gave me a chance to take a really quite close look without risk of disturbing it.
The orb weaver Araneus diadematus is also known as the diadem spider, cross spider or crowned orb weaver. You can see why from the marking on its abdomen.
If you are interested, I have written about these spiders before, in a post called Diadem weavers of goose summer.
I also have an ongoing spider identification project with lots of pictures I have taken since 2010, although I haven’t added much to it lately and I fear I have misidentified a few of the species.