|This one's currently living along our front sidewalk, see how it's got it's fangs on the web so it can detect the slightest movement.|
...Is the beautiful Argiope aurantia, or as we like to call them, writing spiders. They're called writing spiders because they "write" a zig-zag stripe vertically down the middle of their web. I don't know why I like them so much, but I do. When I was younger, I always considered them as temporary yard pets (and I still do). If I found one, I would feed it, sweeping my hands through the grass to catch a moth or two, then throw it onto the spider's web and watch it get snatched and wrapped up by the spider.
|This one's a female.|
|She had a male (who is much smaller) visit a couple of days ago, so I hope I see an egg case soon!|
|I found this one down by the river this morning.|
|She has quite possibly the largest abdomen I've ever seen on a writing spider.|
|Look at that profile!|
|She built her web right over a huge patch of Common Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum). Smart girl, that's why she looks so well-fed!|
Congratulations! You made it all the way to the bottom of this post without turning away! I salute you for not being too creeped out by spiders!
If you need to brush up on your spider anatomy, here's a cute diagram I found: