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I found this cocoon (or what I think looks like a cocoon) in an urban hedgerow in Upper Bavaria, Germany in early October (begin of autumn). Around was a web, but no inhabitants were there. Its diameter was about 3 cm and its opening showed towards the sky.

Thank you already for hints! :)

cocoon seen from the side

cocoon seen from the top

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I guess, I figured it out: it seems to be an abandoned cocoon of a wasp spider (Argiope bruennichi). Images for comparison are found on Wikimedia Commons and on iNaturalist.

Only thing that puzzles me is that usually the spiderlings overwinter in the closed cocoon and it was opened already in autumn (and the hedgerow is - unfortunately - neatly cut each autumn, so it is impossible the cocoon was there since the last year). Anyway, I guess someone might have preyed on them... ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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