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Spider Photos - Argiopes 2007 (2)

Here's some photos of Argiopes,  mainly from the United States.  In Australia, we call our variety St. Andrew's Cross but in the United States they are more commonly called a Black and Yellow Argiope.  (Argiope aurantia). We have had so many queries and photos sent in of these from people who have never seen them in their area. It's quite incredible!! They are also known as Golden Garden Spiders or just Garden Spider and their scientific name is Argiope aurantia. New page - Black and yellow argiope laying her eggs courtesy of Joe Hollner. Click here for the page and some great shots!!  I also have a couple of fantastic videos sent in by Joe. Video 1 (8,992Kb) Video 2 (16,321Kb)
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ARGIOPE

The number of emails we've had from people in the United States trying to identify the Black and Yellow Argiope or St Andrew's Cross spider (as we call our Australian variety) is quite astounding!!  I've had a lot of questions about where the Argiopes are going to, as some people have noticed that theirs has disappeared. Unfortunately this lovely spider only has a short life span and once she has produced one or more (usually no more than 3) brown, papery egg sacs, she will die. The egg sacs are roughly round in shape and up to 25 mm in diameter; each contains 300 to 1400 eggs. She attaches her egg sacs to one side of her web, close to her resting position at the centre. Each female will watch over her eggs as long as she can, but will die in the first hard frost, if not before. The eggs hatch in Autumn ( fall), but spiderlings stay in the sac during winter and emerge in spring. (Milne and Milne 1980,Heiber 1992, Faulkner 1999). The St Andrew's Cross Spider doesn't have dangerous venom. Its bite causes a mild local pain. There are also other varieties of Argiopes - The Banded Argiope and Silver Argiope being two that have been sent in frequently. There are links to photos of these and other argiopes below as well.

Argiope Lobata St Andrews Cross Black & Yellow Argiopes
Banded Argiopes Gea Hepatgon/Argiope Appensa Silver Argiopes

BLACK & YELLOW ARGIOPES

13 March, 2007:
Here is an interesting photo of a spider. This spider lived in our front  bushes last summer. He was very calm and hungry. He stayed in the same  bush all summer!! Beautiful, beautiful spider!! You may use this photo on  your website. Michelle

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14 December, 2006:
Photographer: David Earl
I know you don't identify Spiders...but any idea on this one??


   


 

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1 November, 2006:
Hello Glen, We have watched this spider since she made our new porch her home. She came here, eventually laid her eggs here and then died here. We made her our little pet and named her "Miss Spider" but also called her "Charlotte" since we are from Charlotte, TN. Hope you enjoy her as much as we did. Danna Nicholson, Charlotte, TN

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Reply: It is some sort of argiope, this is its underneath side.

1 November, 2006:

 Any idea what type of spider this is?


 

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14 October, 2006:
Photo for your collection...Memphis , Tn.....Argiope Aurantia


 

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8 October, 2006:
Hi Glen,  Thought I'd send you a couple of pics of spiders I found in Balboa Park in San Diego. The first looks like a black and yellow argiope, and the second looks like a silver argiope. The second pic is a fairly good shot of the web, too. Thanks for such a neat site; I have lots of spiders in my backyard, and your site helps me figure out what many of them are. Traci
 

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8 October, 2006:
Hi, found this one in my garden in Lexington Park, MD, USA. I found your site and was able to quickly identify it as a St Andrew's Cross spider. She's been around for a least a month and is really beautiful. Looks like one of her legs is missing though 
Cheers-
Laura

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30 September, 2006:
Stumbled on to your website while trying to find out what type of spiders I had taken photos of.  Attached are what I now know are a pair of garden spiders and a marbled orb weaver spider.  I would enjoy sharing this photos on your website.  If anyone wants a copy, please let me know.
 Dan Myers

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29 September, 2006:
Here's a couple of spider pics for you and your site.  Joe
What great shots, notice how her abdomen is about half its original size once she has inserted the egg into the sac. Click for a larger photo.

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21 September, 2006:
Hi, This beauty was outside my window at work and we happen to be a photographic company. I took this with a Tamron 180mm Macro on a Fuji S-3. We are located on Long Island NY and from what I've seen on your site, they are not really popular here. Pat

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21 September, 2006:
Hi Glen -You have, by far, the creepiest website I have ever seen! We had what
I now know to be an Argiope garden spider move in to the garden this summer. She's been quite busy building webs all over the bushes and side of the house. Thought I'd share a picture of her snacking on a grasshopper. Spidey took a break from dinner so I caught a better picture of her. Completely Creeped Out in Eudora, Kansas

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18 September, 2006:

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17 September, 2006:
Glen, I just love your website! My husband bought me a new camera where I can now take macro shots of bugs, etc. I have been shooting all weekend so far.  Thought you might enjoy this close-up of "Charlotte's Eyes."
Thanks! Sheila Bragg
Savannah, GA
USA

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15 September, 2006:
Attached are some pictures of a
BLACK & YELLOW ARGIOPE that we found outside of our office here in Becker MN
Boaz Erickson
Construction / Sales Manager
Structural Buildings, Inc.

 

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15 September, 2006:
Hi glen, I had this big girl making a home in my back yard. Thanks to your site, and a friend on another board where I originally posted these pics who found it and sent me to your site, I have decided (I hope I am right) that she is a Black & Yellow Argiope or “garden spider”. Her web was across a corner of my fence. It sconnected to the fence on both sides about 6 feet from the corner. Big web for a big girl. I live in Wilmington , NC USA .  Anyone can use these pictures for any purpose they would like, as long as credit is given to the source. Thanks, Robert McCracken, Leland , NC

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15 September, 2006:
 
I took these pics today... I read that Wolf Spiders don't spin webs, but it seems to me this spider is a Wolf spider... Can you help me identify it?

Thanks!!

 

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13 September, 2006:
I took this picture in my flower garden. I actually have these huge flowers pop up, for the last two years anyways. I was out there picking off the dead flowers and almost stuck my hand in this web. SCARY!!!!!!!!!!! Well thank you for running your site. I googled spiders and found your page. The site is very helpful. Everyone wanted me to kill it, but hey it killed three or four bees or wasps so I think he deserved to stay alive. Well I just wanted to let you know I have several pics of this beauty. We live in Burton, Michigan
Thanks again, Judy Smith

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13 September, 2006:
Black & Yellow Argiope up against the house in Mexico, N.Y.

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12 September, 2006:
Hi-this is a great website! My 9 year old daughter took this picture of our "pet" and won a blue ribbon at the county fair! What I am wondering about is the location of where she has decided to make her egg sacs. Her web is on our front porch which faces the West and we live in the country. This area pretty much gets drilled with wind all winter. We would like to see more of these next year. Is it safe to move them to another location after the frost and when she is gone? One other question. We don't see a male around the web area. Does this mean that the eggs are infertile? Any help you can give would be great! Thanks!
Kathy Dominique

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12 September, 2006:
Hi Glen, Like many of your visitors I was scared to go near this thing. I found it perched on my back yard fence right next to my entry door (Ontario, Canada). It is an amazing looking spider but appears quite deadly due to the bright colours. Do you know if the female will be close by and if they will stay long or move away?
I am an avid photographer so upon seeing this mini monster I went for my camera and tripod. Got quite a few nice shots of him digesting some fly by dinner.  You are welcome to use my photograph. Fairly large file, so make take a while to load.
Regards,  Colin Thomas.

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7 September, 2006:
Hello,
This little fellow is living in my back yard next to a garden shed. I'm located in Southern NJ, USA
A Black & Yellow Argiopes.....CORRECT?

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7 September, 2006:
Glen,
Here are a couple pictures for your collection. The first is a Jewelled Spider and the second I believe is either a St. Andrews Cross or a Black and Yellow Argiope? These are both from West-Central Georgia.

- Jason

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5 September, 2006:
Hello! I found this particular spider hanging out on a wishing well we have near our driveway. According to your very interesting website, this is a Garden spider (Black and Yellow Argiope). We live in Monticello, New York and the pictures were taken today, September 4, 2006. Any information you could provide regarding the type of spider this actually is would be greatly appreciated. Do with the photos as you wish. Regards Glen Pagnozzi Monticello, New York

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5 September, 2006:
I currently live in Goose Creek, South Carolina and I can honestly say I have a phobia of spiders. Thanks to your web-site I was able to determine what type of spiders I came across and if they were harmful or not. Here are a couple of photos to add to your collection. Thanks for a very informative web-site. Sal

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5 September, 2006:
This is a cool picture of a Banana spider i saw when i went fishing the other day.

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4 September, 2006:
Hello Glen, I live in Manheim , PA. Ran into this one as I was walking out my back door. She spun her web across the top half of the doorway, at head height. Never new we had spiders this big around here. Thanx.

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4 September, 2006:
Hi Glen found this one behind my house in Myrtle Beach , South Carolina , USA . She sure is pretty. No sign of an Egg Sac yet, but I would guess that it is still a little early by the info on your website. I located you through a google search for: Spider Identification South Carolina. I find it interesting that this particular spider type can be found in so many corners of the world… Joel

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3 September, 2006:
Hi Glen - I came across your wonderful spider site. I am sending you two of
my photos for your site. They were both taken in Peralta New Mexico, twenty
miles south of Albuquerque. The first, taken today, is I think a argiope spider, and the second I  believe is a black widow.

Sue

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3 September, 2006:
Hello, I live in canton Michigan and I have a beautiful spider on my front porch that I am not sure of, I am not a spider person at all! But for some reason I like this one, so I need to know if it can stay or go. Thank you Beth from canton

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3 September, 2006:

GOOD AFTERNOON, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2006.  FOUND THIS GUY ON MY FENCE POST. GOTTA TELL YOU--OUT OF ALL THE SITES THAT I LOOKED AT TO TRY TO FIND OUT WHAT HE WAS, YOU HAD THE MOST DETAILED DESCRIPTION. HE MEASURES APP. 21/2 INCHES LONG.  DUE TO THE WAY MY FENCE & MY NEIGHBORS FENCE ANGLES, IT WAS HARD TO GET A STRAIGHT SHOT ON HIM.  FRANK PATE
EAST RIDGE, TENNESSEE (CHATTANOOGA)

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27 August, 2006:
just some pics of a recent guest to my back porch near my watermellon plants hope you can use them on your site. black and yellow spider.

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27 August, 2006:
We found this guy living in the evergreen bushes in front of the house. we think he may be one of those golden orb weavers, but not terribly certain. The zig zag web design just above and below him here are curious. He really seems to like being fed flies and crickets. Shane

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27 August, 2006:
Here are a couple of photos of garden spiders. In one, the spider is eating what looks to be a wasp, in the other nice suspended-on-web one, the spider is also having a bite if you look close. I'm a professional photographer and could do prints or something if people are interested. Mike

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27 August, 2006:
Garden spider pictures for you. Click for a larger view.

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27 August, 2006:
Hi Glen, thanks for getting back to me. Not sure why the pics didn't come through, but I'll try resending them...
Regards
Nelson

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27 August, 2006:
this is what I have all over my house can you tell me what they are? Connersville, In.

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27 August, 2006:
Hi there. We were walking through some trees beside a sideroad up here in Ontario (Collingwood/Meaford area if that's of any import, 200 km north of Toronto). And my friend almost walked RIGHT INTO this spider and spiderweb! It terrified us, the size of this thing, the web was the largest spider web I've ever seen for a spider around here. Scary all all hell if you ask me. If you could help identify this spider, I'd greatly appreciate that. Thank you. Feel free to use these pictures in any way you wish. Jamie

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23 August, 2006:
Please see the attached picture. I took it today. I'm guessing (hoping) that it's a black and yellow argiopes (based on the pictures I saw here:
http://www.spiderzrule.com/stand.htm). It was about an inch long body. Man, freaked me out to think that these things live so close by.
Thanks,
Evan

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23 August, 2006:
Could you tell me what kind of spider this is by any chance? I live in East Providence, Rhode Island.

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23 August, 2006:
I was doing some yardwork when I came across this guy, and I nearly had a heart attack. Thanks to your great website, I was able to quench my curiosity about what type of spider it was. I assume the tiny spider is the male; am I right? Bonnie from Greenville, NC

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23 August, 2006:
I took a picture of what I believe to be a Black and Yellow Argiope spider outside my home in Steelton, Pennsylvania (adjacent to Harrisburg). I gather from some of your other posters that these are not that uncommon in Northeastern U.S.

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23 August, 2006:
Glen,
Great site, I have been watching this spider for a few weeks. It has built an amazing orb web appoximately 3ft round on the outside of my dining room window. I was unsure what it was to begin with, but I was able to match it up easily with the pictures of the Black and Yellow Argiopes on your site. I live in Southern Alabama, and I thought you might like a picture of it, it is large, but very detailed.
Joe

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18 August, 2006:
I walked by my garden only to find a very large black and yellow spider that I knew nothing about. As a result I surfed the web and came upon your website where I was able to learn an ample amount of information about the Argiopes Spider! So, thank you for making the site and I have attached a picture of the Spider that caught my eye! Bye Erin Barbee


 

 

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17 August, 2006:
Northeast Ohio, larger than a quarter and builds it's web in tall grass about 3 feet off the ground.
Joe
Thompson, Oh.
 
 

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13 August, 2006:
Yes, we have some whoppers way up north here too. I saw this out my window this morning. Legs are about 1" long.
 

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13 August, 2006:
I happened upon your site and would very much like to know what kind of this spider this is. It was found in Sussex County, Bethel Delaware. I will sen 2 shots, one top side and the second the underside. I want to think she was laying her babise here. Thank you for any information

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13 August, 2006:
Hi. I know you get these all the time, but my brother and I could use your help. He stumbled upon this spider in his garden the other day. It is about the length of a human hand and it has distinctive yellow coloring on its back. The first time we saw it, it was on top of a flower and did not move at all during the day. As you might imagine, we have never seen anything like this. We would greatly appreciate any insights you may have. Feel free to use the pictures as you wish; the first picture is the best.
Thanks,
Jared and Jack Kosin
Southwest Michigan

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9 August, 2006:
I live in the southeastern US and I love your website. I found it when I was researching this lovely beauty that showed up last week next to my porch. My original thought was that it was a common banana spider but thanks to your site, I now know it to be a St Andrews Cross Spider. The background of the web cannot be seen well due to the white background of my porch. But she has a beautiful design right down the center of it. Down in the lower left hand of the photo, you can see the moulted skin (?). My camera is not the greatest plus she is behind a large patch of Mexican petunias and to get a photo of her, I had to carefully move it back without upsetting her. Keep up the great work! Sheila

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6 August, 2006:
Heya, Took these pictures the other day and am curious as to what the spider is?  It almost looks like one in the header of your website but I'm danged if I can find the spider anywhere else on the site. Use the pictures to your hearts desire. Btw, I live in southwestern Oregon if that helps any. I thought it was a strikingly beautiful specimen. D. Gildark

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 6 August, 2006:

Glenda/Dr. Bill:
I have checked several web sites to try to identify the attached photos of a spider, which is enjoying sunning itself on the wall outside our kitchen, without success.
Can either one of you identify it?
Dr. Bill I know that snakes are your real forte, but thought you might be able to help on this brute, or know someone at ASU that could.
Regards,
Jennifer Benson

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 6 August, 2006:
Is it a common spider in Canada. I went and lived in OZ for a year and was thinking I brought this back with me some how. Or have they been here for a while. Is this photo a St Andrews Cross spider? if it isn't was is it? thanx mate.

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Reply: No I think it looks more like a black and yellow argiope because of the stablimentum. glen.

21 July, 2006:

I Glen, We just finished painting our house in Redding Ca. a week ago and tonight I saw this guy(See Photo). After looking at your sight I think it may be a Golden Silk Orb Weaver - Nephila clavipes . It is large and you can see in the picture the web is thicker in front of and behind the spider which is right in the center of the web under the second story eve. We have many oak and pine trees around the house. Do you think I'm on the right track? Thanks, Greg Corley

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21 July, 2006:
I Glen, I came across your web site and wonder if I could ask you to identify a spider for me. We found this big fellow on a lavender plant and someone told me it was an Orb Spider, but according to my Audubon Insect book, it looks more like a branch-tip spider. It looks to be about the size of 50 cent piece to a silver dollar across…legs and everything etc. Any light you could shine would be much appreciated.
Glen

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25 June, 2006:
Hi Glen, Thanks for answering my questions on orb weaver spider's egg sacs. Here are some photos we took of the old girl from last summer/fall - welcome to post them if you like. She took up residence in our old horse trailer - good thing we didn't need to use it! We thoroughly enjoyed watching her all summer. Sure hope we get a glimpse of the spiderlings when they come out!  Sorry if I sent TOO many photos - hopefully you can weed through them all. Thanks again,
Julie in Oklahoma

 

   
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25 June, 2006:
Is this a Black and Yellow Argiope - Argiope Aurantia ? It looks a lot like the photo on the web site,  but this spider has white stripes also. Thanks.

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16 June, 2006:
Hi Glen! Glad to see more young Argiopes on your page. Since I finally have one of my own, I will share with you and your site viewers a younger looking one for the Argiope page and the Web of the Month page. (Yay!!) Thank You So Much! Joe

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9 June, 2006:
Hello Glen,
Here are two pictures from me. I am not sure if they are good enough for your site. You are welcome to publish them.  Have a great day,
Julia

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Reply: This is a  Black and Yellow Argiope.

22 April, 2006:
Any idea what this spider is? It is an Argiope? Hope you enjoy the photos. Michael Barto  

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Reply: This is a young Black and Yellow Garden Spider. You can tell by the heavy zig-zag pattern on the center of the web, and the design on the backs. Joe

22 April, 2006:
Can you tell me what kind of spider this is?

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11 April, 2006:
 

Greetings, I found this spider in the Long Island Pine Barrens … Just wondering if you know the name of it. Thank You

Heather Caton

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28 January, 2006:
any idea what this might be? it was in Louisiana...if that helps.

Thanks,
Alyssa L.

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22 January, 2006:
Hi Glen! I want to share with you some really nice photos of the Banded Argiope Spiders. They are really lovely close-ups taken by my brother's digital camera.
Thanks! Joe Click for a larger view.

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12 January, 2006:
Hi Glen!
I couldn't get the movie through, but decided to add a few more large pictures of the garden spider to your fifth page. (It seems like the most common spiders people run into and question about are the large Argiopes.) I saw your St. Andrew's Cross Spiders. VERY COOL!! In one of your pictures, who's the small person in the background? Or is that the spider? (lol)  Thanks!
Joe
Upstate, New York

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8 January, 2006:
Not the best time of year to photo webs in Nova Scotia just now.  Will work on webs next summer. Bill Turner

 

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2 January, 2006:
Hi! Nice pick for last month's Web of the Month. To keep up the competition, I've decided to add a few more pics to the page. Thank You!
Joe Hollner

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