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Re: Rock star and wasp spider

  • Subject: Re: Rock star and wasp spider
  • From: Bill Chaney <billchaney@ymail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2009 16:04:21 -0700 (PDT)



You are right, Anja's spider (likely Argiope bruennichi, common name: wasp spider) is in the same genus as North America's Argiope aurantia, common name Black and Yellow Garden Spider.   

Here are links to Anja's spider:

and our Garden Spider

Both are harmless to humans and actually beneficial in that they catch many insects in their large webs.

retired entomologist

From: "irischapman@aim.com" <irischapman@aim.com>
To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sun, October 18, 2009 3:01:09 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Rock star and wasp spider


I can't recall seing a wasp spider. We do have somethin similar, called a "Garden Spider" which is not exactly a great name. But it is a little bit bigger (mass wise) , but it is not a  long as it is quite  round. But is also black and yellow.

 I'm sure I have pictures of it somewhere , but doubt if I can find it if I go looking. But if I run accros it I'll post it.

Chuck Chapman

-----Original Message-----
From: Anja Pansin/Wolfgang Zirkel <zirpan@freenet. de>
To: iris-photos@ yahoogroups. com
Sent: Sun, Oct 18, 2009 1:52 pm
Subject: [iris-photos] Rock star and wasp spider

Hi everyone,
Rock star rebloomed in Germany in early September.
The wasp spider asked me to hybridize an iris in its colors black, yellow and white. It hopes that its insect victims will not detect it so fast if it hides in such an iris flower. So I have a good hybridizing goal for the next years......( smile).
Linda, Chuck, Loic and Griff and all the others who post pictures - I enjoy your pictures very much and I hope you will post many more pictures.

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