Argiope bruennichi (Scopoli, 1772)

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Report the species

Report Argiope bruennichi to the National Museum of Natural History.

Importance and distribution in Luxembourg

Distribution map of Argiope bruennichi (Scopoli, 1772) in Luxembourg. Recorder-LUX & iNaturalist, 2019.08.26.

57 occurrences of the species are documented for Luxembourg in the Recorder database (25/01/2018). Dr Feltgen first observed the species on 24.08.1906 in a garden in Lintgen (Weinachter 1906). The species can be considered as widespread in the Grand-Duchy.

On sites where this strikingly marked spider occurs, the individual number can be very high. Argiope bruennichi populations might be a certain threat for rare species of their favourite prey and  provoke changes in invertebrate communities of conquered sites. However the spider seems to integrate rather well in invaded countries, causing no great damages. The rapid spread of the species across Europe is generally thought to be facilitated by climate warming.


Argiope bruennichi in a pasture near Frisange (14.07.2006)

Risk assessment

ISEIA protocol: C3 (2+2+2+2) (Ries et al. 2017: 68).

Bibliography concerning Luxembourg

  • Ries, C., A. Arendt, C. Braunert, S. Christian, A. Dohet, A. Frantz, G. Geimer, M. Hellers, J. A. Massard, X. Mestdagh, R. Proess, N. Schneider & M. Pfeiffenschneider, 2017. Environmental impact assessment and black, watch and alert list classification after the ISEIA Protocol of invertebrates in Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 119: 63-70. [PDF 360 KB]
  • Weinachter, P., 1906. Comptes Rendus des Séances Fauna 16, 10: 215 (Original article at eluxembourgensia).
  • Weiss, J., 1992. Die Ecke des Naturbeobachters. Regulus 3/92: 96-97

Suggested citation of this webpage

Ries, C. & M. Pfeiffenschneider (Eds.), 2019. Argiope bruennichi (Scopoli, 1772). In: - Invasive Alien Species in Luxembourg. URL: [26.08.2019].

 Last updated on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.