"Will you rest upon my little bed?"
...said the Spider to the Fly.
"There are pretty curtains drawn around;
the sheets are fine and thin,
and if you like to rest awhile,
I'll snugly tuck you in!"
Good morning and Happy Hug a Bug Day. Today's featured bug is the Banded Argiope (Argiope trifasciata), which shouldn't be confused with the Black & Yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia) that is slightly larger and which a series I did earlier can be seen at the below link...
Argiope trifasciata, also called a banded garden spider in the United States, is a species of spider found around the world, but not in Europe, where the similar looking Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi) is common. The first two photos in this series (including the above) are of a female while the last pic in the comment section is of a male. As with all Argiopes, the male is significantly smaller in size than the female of the species.
I hope you enjoy this short series on this rather large and beautiful spider...and I hope you have a truly great day. And while it might be a bit late in the day there, I'd like to wish my Australian and Indian friends a Happy Australia Day and Republic Day respectively.
ISO400, aperture f/9.5, exposure .003 seconds (1/350) focal length 190mm