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Appearance indistinguishable from Araneus circe. Identification can only be done based on genital characteristics. The males can be distinguished by the shorter and weaker spines on tibia II.
Female 15 to 20 mm.
Abdomen with two high lumps on the front. Colour yellow-brown to dark brown often with a pattern of white stripes and spots in front of the lumps and a leaf-shaped figure behind them.
Carapace light brown to dark brown.
Legs light-dark annulated.
Male 10 mm.
Markings and colours almost identical to the female.
Mainly conifers, sometimes on buildings.
Occurs in the whole of Europe, but not common.