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For those of you who are scared of spiders. This beautiful specimen was caught running over some leaves. This is the European garden spider Araneus diadematus or diadem spider, It is also known as the cross spider in Eastern Europe, is a very common and well-known orb-weaver spider in Western Europe. It also lives in parts of North America, in a range extending from New England and the Southeast to the Northwestern United States and adjacent parts of Canada.
Individual spiders colouring can range from extremely light yellow to very dark grey, but all European garden spiders have mottled markings across the back with five or more large white dots forming a cross. The white dots result from cells that are filled with guanine, which is a byproduct of protein metabolism.
The third pair of its leg legs are specialized for assisting in the spinning of orb webs. These spiders also use them to move around on their web without getting stuck. These legs are useful only in the web; while on the ground, these legs are of little value.
It is hard to provoke a garden spider to bite, if it does, the bite is slightly unpleasant, though utterly harmless to humans. Spiders are extremely beneficial to gardens as they catch so many pest insects that they help to keep away many insect attacks and in so doing help keep some diseases in check. Individual spiders colouring can range from extremely light yellow to very dark grey, but all European garden spiders have mottled markings across the back with five or more large white dots forming a cross. The white dots result from cells that are filled with guanine, which is a byproduct of protein metabolism.
The third pair of its leg legs are specialized for assisting in the spinning of orb webs. These spiders also use them to move around on their web without getting stuck. These legs are useful only in the web; while on the ground, these legs are of little value.
It is hard to provoke a garden spider to bite, if it does, the bite is slightly unpleasant, though utterly harmless to humans. Spiders are extremely beneficial to gardens as they catch so many pest insects that they help to keep away many insect attacks and in so doing help keep some diseases in check.

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