I've left all the pictures purposefully small, but I've worked on them to get the best detail I could, so if you would like to see more, just click on each photo for its largest version.
Wally was about to mount the ladder when he found this huge, by Canadian standards, spider: Argiope aurantia
I don't know where I summoned my courage from to get as close as I did to take her picture
but the truth is she wasn't happy either and vacated her web between the rungs of the ladder
awkwardly scrambling away
Argiope is Latin for “with bright face” (Cameron 2005); aurantia, in Latin, is an adjective meaning “orange-colored.”
While I wonder why the Latins didn't have a word for yellow, I can see where our word "orange" stems from the pronunciation of the Lation word "aurantia".
"Little" Miss Argiope makes a slow run for it.
Except that she was large which I think is common for female spiders, I don't know why I thought this was a female but sure enough:
Each tarsus (tip of leg) has 3 claws, but I can't make them out.
Two more interesting facts:
It takes almost all of its potty breaks at night, and often leaves its web to do so.
This spider will rapidly shake and vibrate in its web as a defensive strategy to scare predators off.
The shaking blurs the spider and makes it appear bigger than it really is, though ours didn't try this strategy on us.
Anyway, I was thoroughly creeped out after this session, not only of photographing her, but of preparing this post. Even so, I found it and what I learned in research fascinating.
I hope you have survived this and forgive me,
for after all, when we say we love nature,
she is part of it.