Argiope bruenniche Argiopidae The Wasp Spider

Close up Web with stabilimentum Egg case

Argiope bruenniche

The Wasp Spider was first found in Guernsey in 1995, but was known from Jersey since the 1950s and in Southern England since the 1930s. It is a striking yellow and black and white striped spider. It often spins it webs in low vegetation. The webs are unusual because of a zig-zag band of silk down the centre, of uncertain function, called the stabilimentum. In late summer the females spin a beautiful, flask-shaped, patterned case in which she lays her eggs. The young spiders hatch from these in the spring.

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