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Essex Field Club
Essex Field Club
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We are normally open to the public at our centre at Wat Tyler Country Park every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday between 11am and 4pm. We are also usually open on Wednesdays between 10am and 4pm.
Early Summer recording Record Red-and-Black Froghopper Record Lavender Beetle
Record Stag Beetle
Record Misumena crab spider
Record Lily Beetle
Record Swollen-thighed Beetle Record Zebra Spider

Wasp Spider

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Species account

Wasp Spider Argiope bruennichi
Argiope bruennichi Copyright: Peter Harvey
copyright Peter Harvey
The Wasp Spider Argiope bruennichi was first recorded in Britain in 1922 at Rye and has long been known from the south coast of central England. However it has now spread and become much more frequent in suitable habitat in southern England. It is an easily recognisable spider. Key features to note are the horizontal black and yellow abdomen pattern and the zigzag 'stabilimentum' on the orb web.

Argiope is about the same size as the garden spider Araneus diadematus (see below), but feeds mainly on grasshoppers so is unlikely to occur in most small gardens. It typically occurs in unmanaged rough grassland, often where damp or wet in winter. Cutting grassland, even during the autumn, winter or spring, will adversely affect the survival of the spider. Araneus diadematus comes in a variety of colour forms, but never the black and yellow pattern of Argiope.

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Garden Spider Araneus diadematus both copyright Peter Harvey
Araneus diadematus pair Copyright: Peter Harvey  Araneus diadematus Copyright: Peter Harvey