The large female, about 1" from nose to rump, busy wrapping her prey. My garden in SW France, August 2008.
The tiny male, trying to disappear into the background. My garden in SW France, August 2008.
A view from underneath. Her spinarets are visible and the thickened part of the web known as the stabilimentum.
Side view of the female. My garden in SW France, August 2008.
The female is spinning the prey with her feet, to wrap it in silk. My garden SW France, August 2008.
A closer view of her underside. My garden in SW France, August 2008.
Spotted Argiope bruennichi between the Lavender...coming from the Mediterranean Basin but now widely spread and commonly seen further north in Europe..Lavender feels a little like 'home' I guess..
It has wrapped its prey in silk..note the zigzag shape in its web (called the stabilimentum)..
One of its eggsacks hangs in the Cistus umbellatus (Rock Rose)..another little shrub from 'home'..look how carefully it has spun this eggsack..
Argiope bruennichii female in Peñíscola, Spain.