Aculepeira ceropegia (Walckenaer, 1802) - Oak spider

Occurrence: Aculepeira ceropegia is common especially in the meadows, in the fields, sometimes in forest clearings. The juveniles are often found in the garden. It is a very abundant species. We often find the spiders close to each other. Description: The species is characterized by its elongated abdomen with marking in the form of an oak leaf. Adult females can grow to about 14 mm. Period of occurrence: The juveniles hatch from eggs since August. The adults are common from May to August. Web: Aculepeira ceropegia builds a bigger web to about 1 meter above the ground. The web is strong and the spider responds to a prey soon. The signal thread is connected with a bowl nest. On sunny days, the Orb-weaver often sits on the central area of its web and waits for prey. Food: It hunts mainly small flying insects, but also butterflies or grasshoppers.

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