Garden Spider, Argiope trifasciata
a 2nd grade student from Visalia Christian Academy, spotted this beauty
in tall grass on October 22, 2001. I had seen and photographed one several
years ago, but the 35mm image was not in sharp focus. So I have been hoping
to have another opportunity to photograph this most beautiful of KOP spiders.
She shimmers of silver and yellow gold, tiger stripes and poke-a-dot
stockings complete her fashionable wardrobe. And as you can see - she has
a peculiar habit of standing on her head when threatened.