TQ1972 : Female wasp spider (Argiope bruennichi)

taken 4 years ago, near to Ham, Richmond Upon Thames, Great Britain

Female wasp spider (Argiope bruennichi)
Female wasp spider (Argiope bruennichi)
Found on marshy ground just SW of Pen Pond Plantation, with its web slung from long grass and tall thistles.

I don't go around the countryside looking for spiders, but this one is large and brightly coloured - pretty conspicuous. I don't think I'd seen one before - it's certainly not one I remember from my boyhood (spent here in SW London). From googling, it appears that the species has spread from the Continent in the last hundred years - first establishing a bridgehead in a few southern coastal counties, before spreading to the inland Home Counties in the last 40 or 50 years. LinkExternal link

The individual in my photo has got to be a female, the male being much smaller (and liable to end up as prey for his mate): LinkExternal link

Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 26 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Park and Public Gardens  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1960 7249 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:26.3274N 0:16.8396W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1960 7249
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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