Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi)

After photographing the local Tarantula a few days ago (This Post), I remembered that a couple of weeks back I took a photo of a Wasp Spider (also known as the Garden Spider).

Here you go (more info follows)!

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Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi)

The Argiope bruennichi (scientific name) is a type of Orb-weaver Spider and as with many spiders the female (such as this one) is much larger than the male. The female has a body length of up to 25mm whereas the male is just 6mm. She’s an evil breeder too! Again, like some other spiders, after mating she can often eat the male! As you can see in the photo, often the female decorates the large spun web with a zigzag pattern.

The male usually builds a small nest near the female and attracts her by vibrating strands of silk. The female’s webs can be very large and anything that gets caught up is usually eaten. Although they may look dangerous, they pose no threat to humans.

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