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Description of Araneus quadratus (Four-spot orb weaver)
Color highly variable.
Female 10.5 to 20 mm.
Abdomen remarkably large and chubby. Colour whitish, green, orange, various shades of red with a distinct pattern of four large white dots and several small white dots.
Carapace light brown.
Legs and palps light brown with dark annulations.
Male 7 tot 11 mm.
Markings and colours almost identical to the female. Carapace with two black borders.
Moist, but also dry areas in low vegetation (e.g. heathland).
Common in the whole of Europe, locally very common.
Summer and autumn.