The Garden Spider, Araneus diadematus, is a species I first wrote about in my nature notebooks in 1976.
Here’s one at the centre of its web in 2017:
It’s 41 years since I drew it, standing outside the back door of my parents’ Oldham terrace:
“Yellow legs with orange-red tips.”
I experimented with it:
I was very impressed that it could build its web in the dark.
In Bristol it’s built a large web next to a busy road in the daylight:
The one thing I didn’t remember about it from my nature notebooks was just how hairy its body was:
I've turned to the double-page spread in The Second Ladybird Book of British Birds and their nests on The Heron: It says: The ... Read more