Early this morning I visited the local post office where I had found a lovely patch of weeds which included some spectacular milkweed plants. I wanted to photograph the developing milkweed seed pods and look for other interesting plants in the patch. I found another creature among the blackberries, milkweed and dock — a black-and-yellow argiope. I still remember the first time I saw one of these gorgeous spiders (in my bed of parsley a couple years ago).
Here’s a closer view:
I also appreciate the black-and-yellow argiope’s web-making skills, including the distinctive “zipper” in the center.