I photographed the above arachnid mystery at a nature preserve in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Deedee Burnside correctly identified it as a Banana Spider. More about Banana Spiders here.
Joe Lafferty, meanwhile, correctly ID'd it as a Golden Silk Orb Weaver. More on Golden Silk Orb Weavers here.
Joe's photo of a similar spider is below. (Great shot, Joe!)
Congrats to both Deedee and Joe!
Tomorrow: One ugly (mystery) duck.