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Wasp Spider

Wasp spider Argiope bruennichi is a global warming species in England - rapidly spreading northwards from its previous small south coast population.

 

Seen here wrapping a small grasshopper for later digestion.

 

Update: apparently this is a new genetic mix that is more cold-tolerant. www.bbc.co.uk/nature/21877948

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Taken on August 6, 2006