An interesting find...... When outdoors you often experience things you wouldn't normally see. Here is a wasp which has paralyzed the spider, the wasp is taking the spider to her nest where she will lay her eggs in the spider, the larvae will hatch and eat the spider while it is alive. aka "fatal attraction". My staff found it very interesting watching this behaviour. #spargolandscapes#waspspider#naturephotography#waspsofsouthernaftrica#larvae
#Repost Thanks spider fan @jphangurha for this shiver-inducing video! This is research happening right now in the Life Sciences Building!
Hydrating one of the larger Argiope buennichi individuals with a pipette in the lab, while playing some intense rave music in the background
The Wasp Spider 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 North-Eastern India. 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.