What an unusual insect

A wasp spider. DC5484P1

A wasp spider. DC5484P1

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IS it a wasp? Is it a spider? Journal reader Chloe Duncan wasn’t sure either when she discovered this unusual looking insect in her garden. A quick bit of research revealed it is a wasp spider from northern Asia and although they do bite, it is not dangerous and more like a bee or wasp sting.

The insect is about five centimetres long, has distinctive black and yellow markings and its web includes a zigzag design, thought to attract insects. “I’d never seen anything like it before,” said Mrs Duncan. “I certainly wasn’t expecting to find it in my garden in Salisbury. I looked it up on the internet to see if it is dangerous and although it isn’t harmful, it is a very different kind of spider.”

Mrs Duncan’s son Max was very excited by the discovery and enjoyed peeping at the wasp spider once it was safely in a jar.

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8:20am Thu 21 Aug 14

ravenbones says...

When I worked as a gardener/handyman in southern France years ago, I used to see these spiders on the rare occasion. It might well have come back in the clothing or in a car ofa holidaymaker.
When I worked as a gardener/handyman in southern France years ago, I used to see these spiders on the rare occasion. It might well have come back in the clothing or in a car ofa holidaymaker. ravenbones
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