Black and Yellow Argiope (Argiope Aurantia)
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A black and yellow argiope (Argiope aurantia) waits patiently for a small flying insect to become entrapped in its web. This spider is common in meadows and gardens. Its web is a distinctive, spiraling vertical orb that radiates out from the center. When disturbed (as this one became while I was taking its picture!), it likes to retreat from the web, usually to the ground. Imaged in September 2006.