Small is Beautiful…

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The spider species Araneus diadematus is commonly called the European garden spider, diadem spider, cross spider, or crowned orb weaver.

It is a dangerous time in the garden, whilst cutting down or pulling out dead and finished flowers you run the gauntlet of coming face-to-face with one of these. The thought of one of them getting into my hair gives me the heebie-jeebies. But needs must and all that. Perhaps I need to wear a hat.

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24 Comments Add yours

  1. Sue says:

    Haha! Find that hat, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s horrible Sue, I always feel like they are crawling all over me when I have been in the garden! Yuck!

      1. Sue says:

        I’m sure they’re not….

        1. Heyjude says:

          Mmmm… let’s hope so. We seem to have a very cobwebby house too!

        2. Sue says:

          Oh, goodness….will you be moving again?!!

        3. Sue says:

          Yikes, that sounds ominous

  2. Amy says:

    A great close up shot! Thank you for joining us, Jude. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not quite as beautiful as the butterflies! But definitely small 🙂

  3. Arkenaten says:

    Good grief! They are harmless. And the garden would be a lot poorer for their absence.
    I think you should find a garden spider, kiss and make up, and adopt one.


    1. Heyjude says:

      I have plenty of spiders in my garden and house Ark! Sticky cobwebs everywhere!

  4. Tina Schell says:

    We’ll certainly to another spider anyway Jude!!!😊

    1. Heyjude says:

      Very true. I’m sorry I didn’t have the camera to hand whilst chopping down my Jasmine as I saw a really beautiful spider there.

  5. Stunning detail in this photo, Jude. Scary, but stunning.

  6. Lucid Gypsy says:

    They give me the creeps too, fascinating but I don’t like how they can move really quickly and wait in hiding to get me!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Picking my blackberries is a nightmare. I can see the webs, I can sometimes see the spider and I am terrified I will pick one up – they DO move fast.

  7. I love looking at them, but I wouldn’t want to wear one either!

  8. Jane Lurie says:

    Yikes… great shot, Jude. 😄

  9. TheTaskGirl says:

    Gorgeous close up!!! What incredible detail. It’s so pretty, it doesn’t even look that scary…although I bravely say this from behind my tablet!

  10. Reading your post and these sympathetic comments makes me grateful that I like spiders. That’s just luck, for sure.

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