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Black and Yellow Garden Spider - Argiope aurantia
Digital Photography - 2011
Equipment: Nikon D300 with Nikon 60mm f/2.8 macro lens, Nikon SB900 and SB800 Flash Units
Medium: Helicon Focus & Adobe Photoshop CS5

Argiope aurantia is commonly known as the Black and Yellow Garden Spider, Writing Spider, or Corn Spider. It is common to the lower 48 of the United States, Hawaii, southern Canada, Mexico, and Central America. They have distinctive yellow and black markings on their abdomens and a mostly white cephalothorax. Males range from 5 to 9 mm (0.2-0.35"); females from 19 to 28 mm (0.75-1.1"). Like other members of Argiope they are considered harmless to humans. This specimen was collected on the wall of my carport.

This image required 10 slices to blend into the final image. The file size is 49.4MB or 4800x3600 pixels, or 16x12 inches @ 300 ppi (pixels per inch). You can zoom this image up to its maximum size to see a lot of detail. This image was shot using Nikon flash units with a diffusion cylinder placed around the specimen to soften the lights.
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