Argiope bruennichi (wasp spider), dorsal

Argiope bruennichi (wasp spider), female (and male at the lower left?), dorsal

Once a very rare find at this place, so rare that I had to look it up to be sure but the typical zig-zag band and the lack of the quite distinct body-lobes of Argiope lobata gave it away. I don’t know if the wrapped spider at the lower left is indeed a male, I did not want to unwrap it. It also looks a bit too large for a male. The above picture has been slightly enhanced regarding colour saturation (not changes in hue!) and details, the two below the fold less so. (My camera is still a cheap digi-snapper without any ability to get the raw files).
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