Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia)

Ain’t she a beauty?

I’ll admit it – I don’t like spiders as much as some people do. In fact, I’m nursing a bite on my right thumb (no pain, but it itches). That distinctive two puncture pattern – so much fun.

Still, this spider is beautiful. Its common name really is “garden spider,” and it’s a big one. from head to tail, she’s about an inch long, making her a tasty snack for some of the birds around here. They like to spin their webs in the sun but on the edge of the woods, just between the forest and a meadow. That’s where I found this one, where she lives in the blackberries and ferns that grow wild on the south side.

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