The Wasp Spider

ienemien

Oosterwolde, Netherlands

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Location: Nationaal Park Lauwersmeer
Provence Friesland, The Netherlands
August 17, 2013
Camera: Canon Powershot SX260

“The Wasp Spider” was featured in Nature In Its Entirety, August 20, 2013
“The Wasp Spider” was featured in All Things Photographic, August 22, 2013
“The Wasp Spider” was featured in YOU GOT IT, WE WANT IT, August 22, 2013
“The Wasp Spider” was featured in Insects, Bugs and Creepy Crawlies, September 1, 2013

The wasp spider (Argiope bruennichi) is a species of orb-web spider distributed throughout central Europe, northern Europe, north Africa, parts of Asia and in the Azores archipelago. Like many other members of the genus Argiope, (including St Andrew’s Cross spiders), it shows striking yellow and black markings on its abdomen. The spider builds a spiral orb web at dawn or dusk, commonly in long grass a little above ground level, taking it approximately an hour. The prominent zigzag shape called the stabilimentum, or web decoration, featured at the centre of the orb is of uncertain function, though it may be to attract insects.

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