I'm not sure if this is the true name. I have also known it as a Zipper spider. Any input is most welcome.
I believe this is a correct ID but any corrections welcome. Dorsal and ventral views will be posted.
Restored wetland habitat
feeding on Eastern Pondhawk near pond's edge
Caught my eye while frantically wrapping up this struggling grasshopper that landed in her web.
Argiope trifasciata (also known as the banded garden spider in the United States) is a species of spider found around the world. It can be found in certain areas of Europe, namely the Iberian Peninsula, the Canary Islands or Madeira. The similar looking Argiope bruennichi is common in the Azores. Considered a pest in some areas, they typically begin to appear during autumn from early September to late October as temperatures start dropping.