Zipper Spider - Argiope aurantia
Total length (with legs): 40-45 mm.
I watched this beautiful, black and yellow spider wrap up a snack in her web this morning. The web had a stabilimentum (reinforced area), which looks like a vertical zigzag band near the middle of the web.
Habitat: Suspended between plants on the edge of a pond in a mixed forest.
The spider species ''Argiope aurantia'' is commonly known as the yellow garden spider, black and yellow garden spider, golden garden spider, writing spider, or corn spider. It is common to the contiguous United States, Hawaii, southern Canada, Mexico, and Central America. They have distinctive yellow and black markings on their abdomens and a mostly white cephalothorax. The etymology of its name means "gilded silver-face". Males range from 5–9 mm females from 19–28 mm . These spiders may bite.. more