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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 Plus
13 259 14 England
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 Plus
11 77 1 England
10 Sep 2006 4:59PM
Excellent detail - great colour
10 Sep 2006 5:15PM
Great detail and colour,well spotted and captured.....

Superb sharp it
10 Sep 2006 5:34PM
First rate capture,amazing detail and colour,
Glostopcat Plus
11 255 2 England
10 Sep 2006 5:35PM
Great macro shot, super clarity and detail
bumbleb3 Plus
11 358 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2006 5:58PM
superb close up image.great details
10 Sep 2006 6:01PM
Thanks for the comments, particularly because most of you seem to have incredible portfolio's of insects and wildlife.
10 Sep 2006 6:06PM
Well spotted. Great shot!
RipleyExile Plus
14 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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