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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 .
Female 15 to 20 mm.
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.
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.