Black-and-yellow argiope

Argiope web

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:

Black-and-yellow argiope

I also appreciate the black-and-yellow argiope’s web-making skills, including the distinctive “zipper” in the center.

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