That white cross on the spiders back says female garden spider to me, but i'm no expert Dave ! :-)
Maybe because there are 40,000+ spider species that have been identified and about a quarter as many bird species. Plus, many spider species can't be identified without a microscope. :)Still, I think it's fun that though we are separated by a few thousand miles, it looks a lot like our garden spiders here in Washington State, US.
My money would be on Garden Spider, Araneus diadematus. As kids we called them 'spaniards' because of their likeness to a spaniard's waistcoat.
One of the spiders you can tell without a microscope. It is Araneus diadematus, one of the commoner of the spiders in the garden. Beautiful close up, especially with the alternating colours of the legs.Would be interesting to know if this is similar relation to the American version.
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