Name: Wasp Spider
Scientific name: Argiope bruennichi
Nature Stars: 80
About: A very large, colourful spider, the females can grow larger than 2cm long. Creamy yellow with black stripes across the body. The Wasp Spider is a recent arrival in Britain from the continent and has slowly spread over the south of England. They build large orb webs in grassland and heathland. The web has a wide white zig-zag strip running down the middle, known as a 'stabilimentum'.
How to identify: Unmistakeable.
Where: Southern England
Fantastic fact: Spider silk is as strong as Kevlar, the material used to make bullet proof vests!
Photograph credit: Adam Cormack