Personally, and I hope a few of you agree, I think this is a gorgeous spider. When I first saw this Marbled Orbweaver (Araneus marmoreus), I thought there were some dead blooms on this Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciaosa) flower as I photographed it from a distance. Upon closer inspection I received a great surprise. Some of you may not think so but I got pretty excited. They are not rare, but he was a first for me and is beautiful. My next post will not be as scary…promise. 🙂
You can’t really see it at this size, which is already a bit of a crop, but his cephalothorax is very reflective and one can see the surrounding trees and plants.