I’m at Bovey Heathfield. It’s not quite Dartmoor and the heath is a lowland heath. There are plenty of spiders blocking the paths. It’s Araneus diadematus:
It’s one of my favourite living things. I’ve photographed them before, in Bristol:
I try a little closer:
Here’s my drawing of one in my nature notebooks from 1976:
Wikipedia says, “They attack based on their size, sexual experience and hunger levels”. That’s only when they are indulging in a little light cannibalism.
I love them.
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