It’s an Argiope sp. Looks similar to a Lobed Argiope (Argiope lobata) Which is located in around the Mediterranean. Try a search for Argiope pictures and see if you can find one that looks similar to yours.
Well thank you. It’s just a hobby now, but I plan on studying them extensively next spring. I currently own 12 tarantulas, hence the name Theraphosid.
That’s my website, it’s just pictures of my Theraphosids now. Unfortunately don’t have them all photographed, like my trapdoor spider which I have not seen since I got it…
I hope to be one soon. What I really want to do is get into a lab and work on Rose Hair Tarantula (G. rosea) venom. I’ve been reading science articles about a peptide in the spiders venom that might be beneficial to people during heart attacks and strokes.