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Wasp (Argiope Bruennichi)

Belonging to the orb-weaver family, the spider is sexually dimorphic. Although cannibalism is a post-sexual ritual, some male spiders try to avoid getting eaten by females.

Wasp Spider

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Females are around 0.59 in (1.5 cm) and males are around 0.17 in (0.45 cm)

Scientific Classification

Color: The abdomen is black, yellow, and white in certain horizontal patterns and legs are yellow and black banded.

Other Characteristic Features: The legs are hairy

Wasp Spider Size

Eggs

Eggs are laid in a cocoon-shaped sac made by female spiders.

Wasp Spider Egg Sac

Spiderlings

Following an overwintering process, young hatchlings arrive in the following spring

The Web

The spider makes a spiral web with the signature crisscross pattern in the middle. It is made either at the dawn or the dusk. The spider captures the prey by attracting through the net, then bite it and injects the venom to immobilize it. After that, it wraps the prey.

Are Wasp Spiders Venomous

They are not harmful for people but the bite might feel like a bee-sting.

Quick Facts

Distribution Northern and central Europe, Asia, north Africa, and archipelago
Habitat Grassland and vegetations
Diet Insects
Web Type Orb
Lifespan 1-3 years
Subspecies Argiopebruennichinigrofasciata
IUCN Conservation List Not Listed

Did You Know

  • Most of the male spiders plug themselves into the female spiders’ body so that the females don’t mate with others.

Image Credits: Rdnhs.org.uk, Live.staticflickr.com, Srs.britishspiders.org.uk

Belonging to the orb-weaver family, the spider is sexually dimorphic. Although cannibalism is a post-sexual ritual, some male spiders try to avoid getting eaten by females.

Wasp Spider

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Females are around 0.59 in (1.5 cm) and males are around 0.17 in (0.45 cm)

Color: The abdomen is black, yellow, and white in certain horizontal patterns and legs are yellow and black banded.

Other Characteristic Features: The legs are hairy

Wasp Spider Size

Eggs

Eggs are laid in a cocoon-shaped sac made by female spiders.

Wasp Spider Egg Sac

Spiderlings

Following an overwintering process, young hatchlings arrive in the following spring

The Web

The spider makes a spiral web with the signature crisscross pattern in the middle. It is made either at the dawn or the dusk. The spider captures the prey by attracting through the net, then bite it and injects the venom to immobilize it. After that, it wraps the prey.

Are Wasp Spiders Venomous

They are not harmful for people but the bite might feel like a bee-sting.

Quick Facts

Distribution Northern and central Europe, Asia, north Africa, and archipelago
Habitat Grassland and vegetations
Diet Insects
Web Type Orb
Lifespan 1-3 years
Subspecies Argiopebruennichinigrofasciata
IUCN Conservation List Not Listed

Did You Know

  • Most of the male spiders plug themselves into the female spiders’ body so that the females don’t mate with others.

Image Credits: Rdnhs.org.uk, Live.staticflickr.com, Srs.britishspiders.org.uk

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