gorgeous white backed spider w/slight greenish coloring (Fallon, NV)
Here’s to hoping that you can get to this entry, because I cannot for the life of me find this spider on your page. Including the leg span, it was about the diameter of a silver dollar (perhaps a bit larget) and had some odd markings on it’s back. I’m in the Fallon, Nevada area and fairly distant from any major bodies of water. I almost wanted to say it’s either some type of garden spider, or a fishing spider (despite the only bodies of water nearby being canals) but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Please take a look, and let me know if you guys and gals have time. 🙂 Thank you so much for your great site. I hope this will make a unique entry for you.
Thanks for resending your query. The original letter arrived amidst our site migration transition period. This is a Banded Argiope, Argiope trifasciata, a species that is relatively well represented on our site. Your specimen has much subtler markings, hence your trouble identifying it properly.