Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 5:30 PM
I found this spider yesterday outside my bedroom window. It’s not one that I’ve seen where we live before (SW Missouri) – hoping you can identify it!
Argiope aurantia, the Golden Orb-Weaver, has numerous common names, including Yellow Garden Spider, Yellow Garden Orbweaver, Writing Spider and Black & Yellow Argiope. Here is a BugGuide discussion on the common names for this species. Your photo nicely illustrates the stabilimentum, the zig-zag structure in the web that gives rise to the common name of Writing Spider.