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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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Comments


mattberry 12 259 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.

Regards
Matt

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PLCimagery 10 77 1 England
10 Sep 2006 4:59PM
Excellent detail - great colour
pete
norton 12 6 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2006 5:15PM
Great detail and colour,well spotted and captured.....

Tony.
pcjackso Junior Member 11 7
10 Sep 2006 5:30PM
Superb sharp shot.like it
Pauline
Ajack 10
10 Sep 2006 5:34PM
First rate capture,amazing detail and colour,
Alan
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
10 Sep 2006 5:35PM
Great macro shot, super clarity and detail
bumbleb3 10 358 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2006 5:58PM
superb close up image.great details
sandy
Lynchy 10
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 11 53 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2006 6:06PM
Well spotted. Great shot!
RipleyExile 13 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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