Comments & ID Thoughts
Could someone please help me identify this cute fellow I saw on a 4' tall Common Milkweed plant in our perennial garden this afternoon in the Triad area of N. C.? Surely he is of some garden spider variety but I have never seen one like this before. He/she was very shy as I surprised the both of us as I was carefully searching leaves for Monarch Butterfly eggs and as he/she was innocently hanging out on a large leaf in the sun beneath the shady cover of another leaf, though he took several seconds to stare directly up at me with such unusual turquoise eyes before turning his back-side toward me! Gorgeous black & white markings everywhere. Fairly large, though smaller than a large garden spider we know as an "Orb Weaver"- and no resemblance to other ones who I have seen create webs. Thanks so much.