I'm hoping someone can help with the ID of this spider from the Moroccan desert. It is all white except for black bands on it's legs. It creates a web between separate scrubs maybe 2-3ft apart. Part of the reason I ask is that, whilst wandering in the desert, I accidentally broke through the web, which became partially attached to my leg, causing the spider to make a bee-line for me. I panicked rather as just from the colour it seemed to be quite dangerous. Should I have worried?
I've just been looking at pictures of Argiope spiders in Morocco and am sure you are right, Lewis. I'm wondering though whether it is a female "Banded argiope". At least I now know that they are harmless and do not have to worry on future trips.