The wasp spider is a species of orb-web spider distributed throughout central Europe, northern Europe, north Africa, parts of Asia and in the Azores archipelago.
The common name of this beautiful spider is wasp spider. This spider is, like all orb-weavers, not poisonous for us. The spider prefers to weave her web between grass at a height of 20 -30 cm. The adult female has a shining silvery cephalo-thorax (head) and a yellowish abdomen with black and white bars across it.
The adult female is much larger than the male. The male measures between 4 and 6 mm while the female has a full grown size between 14 – 17 mm. When the female is loaded with eggs she can become enormous in size.

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  • ©The Creative  Minds
    ©The Creative ...about 1 month ago

    Wasp Spiders/Argiopes can be easily identified by the zigzag of white silk in their webs. Like all orb-weavers, they have ringed legs. The function of the zigzag of white silk in their web is not clear. There are several ideas what the purpose may be. It may be used to attract insects because it is radiating UV-light and that attract insects. Another explanation is that it is to frighten predators. The spider shakes the web vigorously when something large is approaching and that result in a blurry white spot. Another explanation can be that the spider makes the web clear to see and that should avoid large animals to destroy the web.

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    ©The Creative ...about 1 month ago

    In July the males mate with the females and often loose their life or some legs after their ‘duty’.The female makes a brown cocoon one month after mating and the young spiders hatch the next year in spring. The female dies in the winter.

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  • Matsumoto
    Matsumotoabout 1 month ago

    Great image.

  • thank you kindly

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  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 1 month ago

    wow xx

  • there are plenty of these to be found this summer…some of them have already spun their cocoon x

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  • This is Fife Scotland
    This is Fife S...about 1 month ago

    amazing pics your bringing to us in the world thanks for sharing AWESOME!!!

  • saw the very first as a child in our garden…my dad got me onto it…now I found my own in a nearby field :)

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