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The wasp spider

The wasp spider (Argiope bruennichi)

Description:

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. The male of the species is much smaller than the female. It can often be seen in or near a female's web waiting for her to complete her final moult, at which time she reaches sexual maturity. At this time her chelicerae (jaws) will be soft for a short time and the male may mate with the female without the danger of being eaten.

Habitat:

central Europe, northern Europe, north Africa, parts of Asia


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Ava T-B
Ava T-B 5 years ago

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Graz, Steiermark, Austria

Lat: 47.07, Long: 15.44

Spotted on Oct 5, 2013
Submitted on Jan 5, 2014

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