Argiope bruennichi on web in its habitat
Argiope bruennichi on web with stabilimentum (bright white zig-zag)
Ventral view of Argiope bruennichi
Argiope bruennichi
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Wied il-Qlejja
Argiope bruennichi (Scopoli, 1772)
The Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi) is a large spider wich is very rare in the Maltese Islands. It has previously been reported as being found only at Wied il-Luq (Buskett) but has recently been seen also at Wied il-Qlejja (Chadwick Lakes). It weaves a large web with a characteristic stabilimentum and lives in areas where water is present for most of the year.
Dorsal view of Argiope bruennichi on web showing the stabilimentum (bottom centre)
Argiope bruennichi
Argiope bruennichi - ventral view