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Spider spider burning bright

This is a "must view large" photo!

 

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I had 3 large adults last year in 2011; this year in 2012 I’ve seen several babies on their webs, but the fierce and prolonged rains we’ve had seem to have washed them away, killed them, or sent them into hiding. I hope they survive and make a comeback, because these grow into large spiders that spin massive webs several feet long and wide. They make a spectacular display.

 

Size of the adults I’ve photographed? They dwarf large full-grown Dragonflies!

 

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This gorgeous spider is known by the common names of "Black and yellow garden spider;" "Corn spider;" and my personal favorite, "Writing spider," because the central portion of the web (the stabilimenta) bears a resemblance to writing.

 

Stabilimenta:

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stabilimenta

 

These are LARGE spiders that when fully grown dwarf adult Dragonflies:

 

www.flickr.com/photos/motorpsiclist/6185980645/in/set-721...

  

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I am privileged to have a few of these in my yard each year. See more in my "Writing Spider" set:

 

www.flickr.com/photos/motorpsiclist/sets/72157627352959629/

 

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More on this incredible spider:

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argiope_(spider)

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argiope_aurantia

  

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Taken on September 16, 2011