Canon EOS 350D, Canon lens 49mm, Macro mode, 1/250 sec, F/5,6
Photo made August 12, 2009 in Genk, Belgium, Europe
Argiope bruennichi, or the Wasp Spider, is a species of orb-web spider distributed throughout central Europe, Northern Europe, north Africa and parts of Asia. 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.