Spider from space

While plucking dead blossoms from my Petunia plant I noticed this unusual spider so decided to take a photo of it. After loaded the shot in my computer I saw that the design on it's back looked like some sort of 'space alien'. Interesting. Enjoy. Mike

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Szabieste 22 says ... on Friday, Aug 15 at 12:58 PM

Yes this species of spider is highly beneficial in the garden. They can take down yellow jackets, bald-face hornets etc... unfortunately honey bees as well. I have one in my garden and she is a welcome presence. Nice Picture.

photomike68 says ... on Thursday, Aug 14 at 4:43 PM

Thanks Debbie. I googled it and found out it was a common garden species. I just hadn't seen one before. It's a female. The males are MUCH small and not very colorful. Thanks again for the comments. Mike

themom51 says ... on Thursday, Aug 14 at 1:58 PM

It definitely has an "alien" face! LOL! It's an Argiope aurantia (black and yellow garden spider, writing spider, or corn spider). I've seen them in my gardens before but they didn't look like an alien! Excellent capture, Mike!!

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