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Wasp Spider

By Lynchy
Argiope bruennichi - Wasp Spider. Spotted in France on holiday. Scared the living daylights out of my kids and to be honest I wasn't too comfortable lying in the grass next to it to get this shot. (I have no Macro lens)
Apparently its harmless to humans as it turns out, but it was lethal to grasshoppers and flies wrapping and biting them repeatedly in seconds. As an extra bit of information the distinctive zig zag in the web is thought to be for attracting insects and/or to make it visible to birds so they don't destroy the web.

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: MikeMar, mattberry, PLCimagery and 12 more

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mattberry 13 259 14 Greece
10 Sep 2006 4:58PM
Yep, and they're also getting increasingly common over here too. Nice shot even without a macro lens.


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PLCimagery 11 77 1 England
10 Sep 2006 4:59PM
Excellent detail - great colour
norton 14 6 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2006 5:15PM
Great detail and colour,well spotted and captured.....

pcjackso Junior Member 13 7
10 Sep 2006 5:30PM
Superb sharp it
Ajack 12
10 Sep 2006 5:34PM
First rate capture,amazing detail and colour,
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
10 Sep 2006 5:35PM
Great macro shot, super clarity and detail
bumbleb3 12 358 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2006 5:58PM
superb close up image.great details
Lynchy 12
10 Sep 2006 6:01PM
Thanks for the comments, particularly because most of you seem to have incredible portfolio's of insects and wildlife.
BarbaraB 13 53 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2006 6:06PM
Well spotted. Great shot!
RipleyExile 15 1.6k 17 England
10 Sep 2006 6:25PM
Wouldn't catch me going anywhere near this close to a spider! Nice macro (without the macro).

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