Along came a spider


Araneus diadematus

The European garden spider
(araneus diadematus).
Araneus diadematus

The European garden spider is a well known orb-weaver.
Araneus diadematus

Unlike insects, spiders don't have compound eyes with separate facets.
Araneus diadematus

Spiders have eight eyes, four in the middle of the head (cephalothorax) and two on each side.
Araneus diadematus

The silk from its spinnerets is as strong as nylon and composed from a protein.
Araneus diadematus

Each of the eight legs of a spider consists of seven distinct parts.
Araneus diadematus

The "8" shaped eye is actually the two eyes on the side of the head.
Araneus diadematus

On this image you see the two eyes on top of the head.
Araneus diadematus

Note the reproductive organ (oviduct) in the middle and spinneret at the end of the body (abdomen, opisthosoma).
Araneus diadematus

Garden spider or cross spider or cross orbweaver.