St Andrew’s Cross spider

St Andrew’s Cross spider

Still on the bug route, we found this splendid-looking spider hanging motionless in her web among foliage on a restanque wall. Needless to say, her hunting technique is vicious and effective but her venom is not dangerous to humans. It’s common English name comes from its habit of hanging upside down with its legs together in pairs, making a cross. Argiope bruennichi (Scopoli, 1772) See notes in Wiikipedia and a BBC article on the movement of this spider northwards from the...
Wasp and beetle

Wasp and beetle

  While we were spraying clay on the trees in the Vallon (against the olive fruit fly) we found an enormous wasp. This is the Megascolia Maculata, in contrast to its fearsome appearance, it is a mild-mannered harmless creature whose sting is insignificant to humans. It spends its time trying to find and lay its eggs in the larvae of large beetles like the Rhinoceros or Staghorn beetles (this one photographed on the back wall of the house) and, therefore, because these beetles are endangered, so is this impressive wasp.       These last few weeks, we´ve had various other fascinating encounters with some of the animals around the house – and there have been lively exchanges on our Olives en Provence Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages /Olives-en-Provence/119137098166930  ...

Pin It on Pinterest