True love's lair
A big, beautiful female Argiope trifasciata in her web receiving a potential suitor. I wonder if he got lucky? I had devoted half an hour to watching this pair and given the high temps, I had to move on.
Focus on the male for this shot. What fascinated me was that the pair seemed completely unperturbed by the strong coastal winds occurring at this location - unlike me who had to deal with it to try and capture any detail.
Sexual dimorphism is distinct in this species.
Female 16 mm body length and male 6 mm body length.
''Argiope trifasciata'' is a species of spider native to North and South America, but now found around the world. It can be found in certain areas of Europe, namely the Iberian Peninsula, the Canary Islands, and Madeira, The similar looking ''Argiope bruennichi'' is common in the Azores. They typically begin to appear during autumn from early September to late October as temperatures start dropping.