Well I've had an interesting morning. I've done a few posts about Argiope aurantia, the common black and yellow garden spider, or zipper spider. There are two in the yard this year. One of my ladies, the one I've photographed for the blog is under the crepe myrtles bush. The other lady is in the Turks caps, whose thick leaves and huge size makes her much more difficult see.
This morning though, I was bound and determined to pay her a visit. This is because I'd noticed that her coloration was unusual... she doesn't have the black markings across her abdomen and her long legs are a more mottled brown rather than black. I'd never seen that before, and research hadn't yielded any info as to how variable they are, so I shot a question to bugsinthenews.com (see the link on thr bottom right) and I decided that I was going to take a pic.