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This Black and Yellow Argiope ( Argiope aurantia ) is one of the more attractive American spiders.
This series of images depict this spider in its natural environment.
This species prefers sunny areas among flowers, shrubs, and tall plants.
It can be found in many types of habitats.
For excellent background information on this species, see: http://www.bugguide.net/node/view/2025
Also note Banded Garden Spider (Argiope trifasciata) at bottom of gallery.