This chap should have been instantly identifiable when encountered as it is Araneus diadematis or the Cross Orb-weave Spider. However, one naturally thinks about Quebec native species and not the common or garden European garden Spider, which is what this chap actually is. Thought to have arrived in North America about a century ago and now well-settled.

he was “venerated” in the middle ages because of the cross on his upper abdomen which gave him some slight religious cachet … but if you look at it through the eyes of this locality that cross is much closer to being a Fleur-de-Lys so perhaps he would be more appropriately named the Quebec Orb-weaver Spider hereabouts?

Araneus diadematus with a packed lunch