Cross Spider, An Orb Weaver
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Cross Spider

Photo Details
1. Male
2., 3. female
July 25, 2004  - Antelope Island Causeway, Davis County, Utah  - ©Nicky Davis

Family tree
Araneidae Neoscona crucifera

8-20 mm, weaves very large web, Because they weave a very large web it is susceptible to damage so they eat and reconstruct half the web at a time. They  eat the web to conserve protein. In the fall, they lay 300-800 eggs in a yellowish cocoon. They hatch in May.  The species varies considerably in color and markings.