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Old Thursday 17th September 2015, 19:22   #1
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Spider I/D and behaviour

I took these series of photographs when a wasp? flew into a web and was attacked initially by one spider but soon two more appeared and joined in the attack. Can anyone please I/D the spiders and is this a usual occurrence with several spiders attacking the prey?
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Old Thursday 17th September 2015, 20:32   #2
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Sorry can't ID the spiders but the 'wasp' is a hoverfly, Volucella zonaria.
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Old Friday 18th September 2015, 05:39   #3
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Sorry can't ID the spiders but the 'wasp' is a hoverfly, Volucella zonaria.
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Agree, sometimes called the Hornet Hoverfly. Think the spider is a Meta/Metallina sp.
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Old Saturday 19th September 2015, 05:43   #4
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It is common to see a female Metellina sharing her web with one or more males, though I've never seen them all attack prey together.
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Agree, sometimes called the Hornet Hoverfly. Think the spider is a Meta/Metallina sp.
This is one of the few photos of the large Hornet-mimic Volucella that shows the most distinctive feature very clearly. Hence it is surprising that two people have misidentified it (so confidently!). It is V. inanis.
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