Spiders to be found in and around Torphins Wood, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Torphins is a village in upper Deeside, Aberdeenshire Scotland. There is nothing particularly special about the wood, it is a mixed species coniferous/deciduous wood, so things found there can probably be found in many other Scottish, British or even European woods. For more information on Torphins itself and the human population there go to Torphins.org.
Araneus diadematus, the diadem spider, cross spider, garden spider.
Can be seen year round usually on or very near its orb web which is usually made between branches of vegetation. This is a heavily pregnant female.