Scientific Name: Argiope bruennichi (Araneidae).
English Name: Wasp Spider (Orb Web Spider family).
French Name: L'Argiope frelon (='hornet argiope').
5 Key Characters:
- abdomen yellow with irregular black stripes.
- carapace silvery.
- body up to 25mm long (females very variable and males tiny).
- web has vertical zig zag of silk through the middle (known as the stabilimentum).
- will push the web to and fro if agitated.
Habitat: Bushes and long grass.
Adult Active Period: Late summer.
Status: Common. Not dangerous to humans.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:
|Female underside. The prey is a bumble bee Bombus sp.|
|Female underside. The prey is a white butterfly Pieridae.|
|Female underside. The prey is a drone fly Eristalis sp.|