Banded Orbweaver is Double Amputee

Subject:  Super cool spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Ontario, Canada
Date: 10/05/2017
Time: 12:04 PM EDT
We found this beautiful lady while on a walk- she is pretty striking but looks a little different than our native yellow and black garden spider. Can you confirm the type? I have been googling and those stripes sure look an awful lot like a wasp spider.
How you want your letter signed:  JJ

Banded Orbweaver is double amputee

Dear JJ,
This is a Banded Orbweaver,
Argiope trifasciata, and it is a different species in the same genus as the Golden Orbweaver, Argiope aurantia.  Members of the genus are also called Writing Spiders because of the intricate, often zig-zag stabilimentum that is woven into the web, probably to help camouflage the spider while it waits for prey.  It appears that your individual is a double amputee as she is missing two of her front legs.

Banded Orbweaver missing two front legs

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