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Spider Photos - Banded Argiopes & Argiope Bruennichi

Here's some photos of Argiopes,  mainly from the United States.  In Australia, we call our variety St. Andrew's Cross but in the United States they are more commonly called a Black and Yellow Argiope.  (Argiope aurantia). We have had so many queries and photos sent in of these from people who have never seen them in their area. It's quite incredible!! They are also known as Golden Garden Spiders or just Garden Spider and their scientific name is Argiope aurantia. The spiders below are a close relation called Banded Argiopes (Argiope trifasciata) and Argiope bruennichi, which is also found in Europe and the United Kingdom. Please choose a section.
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Leaf Curling Spiders Long Jawed Orb Weavers Lynx Spiders
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Titiotus (Recluse look alike) Trapdoor Spiders Tree Trunk Spider
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Argiope Bruennichi

Argiope Bruennichi is a spider found across most of Europe and the south of England. They are very abundant in Ibiza and the South of France.  Because of its markings this spider is also known as the 'wasp-spider'. This spider builds a vertical orb web with vertical zig-zag band of silk (stabilimentum) and catches insects such as grasshoppers. This spider displays special behaviour for certain insect prey. For example, the bombadier beetle, a beetle that squirts hot gas from the tip of its abdomen could be damaging for a spider to catch. Argiope bruennichi however has a cunning strategy to overcome this problem, when a bombadier beetle lands in the spider's web, the spider will quickly approach the beetle wrap it in silk and leave it to expend all its chemical deterrent, when the it has done this the spider will then kill and eat the beetle safely. The male of the species is much smaller and can often be seen in or near a female's web waiting for her to complete her final moult. After her final moult the female becomes sexually mature and her chelicerae (jaws) will be soft for a short time. During this short time the male can mate with the female without fear of being eaten. This spider reaches its biggest during August when the females are full of eggs. They are harmless, though in the very unlikely event of a bite the effects are likely to be mild swelling and itching at the site of the bite. (Info: Nick's spiders of Europe)


24 January, 2017:

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22 January, 2017:
Bulgaria 16/7/2016 An afternoon walk near Slavyanka Mt

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6 October, 2008:
Hey Glen, There was an add of your website in the newspaper here today, so I decided to take a look at this amazing spider webpage. While I was looking around at your site I was amazed by all the beautiful pictures of some really cool spiders, however I still am missing my favourite one, the Argiope bruennichi, also known as wasp spider. So I included this photo I took on my vacation in Croatia. It's not the best quality, but it's a nice picture anyway. I hope you like it ! With kind regards, Nick, Holland


1 October, 2005:
lease tell me what spider this is found in uk. thanks


15 August, 2005:
I live in France in the La Creuse region, and saw this brightly coloured spider. I haven't seen any like this in the time I've been here.
hope you can help.
many thanks

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