Araneus nordmanni (Thorell, 1870) - Nordmann’s Orb-weaver

Occurrence: The Nordmann’s Orb-Weaver lives in spruce forests and on their edges in cold areas, especially in mountains. It is rare species, but in some areas we can find a lot of these spiders close to each other. Description: Its abdomen is wider in front and has two humps on top in the front. Its abdomen has also dark marking (folium), which is light grey, wellow, green or normally white edged. An adult female can grow to about 13 mm. Period of occurrence: Adults are seen from July to September. Web: The Nordmann’s Orb-Weaver weavs big web in various heights (close to the ground or in tree crowns) usually between spruce branches. The web is strong and the spider attacks to a prey soon. The spider is normally sitting on the central area of its web and waits to a prey. In bad weather the spider sits on a branch connected to the web by signal thread. The spider doesn’t make a nest, it weavs a bedding from fiber. Food: The Nordmann’s Orb-Weaver hunts flies and other forest flying insects.

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photo: Kryštof Rückl



photo: Kryštof Rückl



photo: Karolina Rücklová



photo: Karolina Rücklová



photo: Karolina Rücklová



photo: Kryštof Rückl



photo: Kryštof Rückl



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Kryštof Rückl



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Václav Kroc



photo: Václav Kroc




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