Garden Spider Araneus diadematus
On Monday I had come across another spider walking across a pavement in Hunstanton during the short dry spell in the afternoon. It looked so unusual that I took it home and sent some photos to the county spider recorder, Pip Collyer. From looking at the photos he said that he thought that it was a different colour form of Araneus diadematus and could just make out the faint signs of a white cross. Apparently there are many colour forms of this species and no-one has really studied them in detail and why they vary so much. Now I know why I don't usually try to identify spiders! This one is now somewhere in my back garden.