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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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16 September, 2009

Common Cross Spider (Araneus diadematus)

This spider, with the white cross on its back is also known as the Garden Spider but it can be seen just about anywhere during the autumn.

There are countless numbers of these, usually seen huddled up in the centre of their amazingly fine webs waiting for their next meal to drop in.

By far our most abundant spider, you can find the Common Cross Spider in gardens, on scrub and shrubs, hedgerows, fences, even on cars (they use my wing mirror as a base point for web building).

A ferocious little creature to encounter if you are unsuspecting insect but quite harmless to anything bigger and on close inspection they are amazingly beautiful.