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Description of Araneus alsine (Strawberry spider)
Female 7 to 15 mm.
Abdomen light orange to orange-red with a pattern of white-yellow dots, and four slightly larger dots at the front.
Carapace orange-red with a thin dark median stripe.
Legs In young animals they are weak annulated.
Male 5 to 8.5 mm.
Markings and colours almost identical to the female. The legs are weak annulated and palps have reddish brown tarsi.
In humid areas, including forests, forest edges and meadows. The spider builds the web very low to the ground and is hidden in a rolled leaf itself.
Common in the whole of Europe.
Summer and early autumn. Females until October.