The European garden spider (Araneus diadematus) is common throughout Europe and North America. European garden spiders vary considerably in coloration throughout their range. They may be yellow to dark grey. Those that inhabit Europe have marikings on their body and five or more white dots that form a cross pattern. European garden spiders are orb weaver spiders. They build large webs and sit and wait for their prey to become entangled in the web's sticky threads.