Araneus quadratus (Clerck, 1757)
A common orb web spider, Araneus quadratus is especially common on low vegetation on Budby South Forest.There are numerous colour forms, with females occasionally showing a deep brown, through to pink colour. These seem to be found on the ripened seed heads of Dock (Rumex) whilst the pale coloured females, predominate on heather and grasses.
Araneus quadratus juvenile, photographed on Rufford Pit Top in early September 2020. We've rarely found (or looked for) juveniles, but it was a surprise to find one so well behind the others on site which all appeared to be adult.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Araneus quadratus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Bob Merritt. Howard Williams. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Martin Warne. Pauline Bradford. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). David Shaw. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Tony Kavanagh. NBGRC. Jim Flanagan. Nick and Samantha Brownley.

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Updated January 2024

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