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.
See current Wasp Spider distribution
Garden Spider Araneus diadematus both copyright Peter Harvey