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1-Yellow Canary (Serinus flaviventris)
2-Eurasian collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
3-Diademed Tanager Stephanophorus diadematus
4-plovercrest or black-breasted plovercrest (Stephanoxis lalandi)
5-Brown parrot (Poicephalus meyeri)

Trademark Poison

I have a trademark poison
and the recipe will burn with me.
I am not the kind of woman you love
I am the kind of woman you hate.
I am what Montague Summers wrote about
a microcosm of circus geeks
with their left eyes sewn shut,
all of it always about to collapse
with too much coffee
and too much cigarette smoke.
I am a rumble in the belly
concealed under second-hand clothes –
metal and rhinestone crosses
on faux-distressed garments,
Araneus diadematus
the European garden spider
wearing bright Far East prints.
The female of the species
is deadlier than the male

The female of a different species
uses all her poison
on herself.


My son saw this spider outside his job in San Diego and I have never seen this kind of spider before and was wondering if you knew what kind it is. Thanks a lot, Sandy


There are a few orb weavers she could be- all of them harmless. My first guess was Araneus diadematus, the Cross Spider, but I think a better fit is Araneus gemma

What does everyone else think?

Thanks for asking, Sandy!