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Flying spider...

...not really, and if you view large you should be able to make out some of its web.

 

Good morning and Happy Hug a Bug Day. It dawned on me recently that it's Arachtober and I hadn't posted any spider pics. Featured today to correct that over-sight is a female Banded Argiope (Argiope trifasciata). While she might look she's floating in mid-air here, she's actually clinging to her web that is barely visible due to the shot being taken while facing the sun.

 

The web was quite huge. About four foot square and the largest Argiope web I've seen...along with the spider with an abdomen as big as your thumb. Unfortunately she constructed it on the very edge of a pond so my POV options were limited to what you see here.

 

I posted a couple more pics in the comment section, which I explain about in captions accompanying the photos. I'll be posting another series soon on the Banded Argiope with better pics of both female and male, and text about this species.

 

Thank you for stopping by...and I hope you have a truly great day.

 

Lacey

 

ISO400, aperture f/11, exposure .006 seconds (1/180) focal length 210mm

 

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Taken on September 18, 2010