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Family: Araneidae

Typical Orb Weavers

Genus: Araneus
These spiders spin orbs in order to catch their prey. Thus their name typical orb weavers. Orbs are the stereotypical webs that we think of with web lines coming in like spokes of a wheel and then circular radii spinning out from the center.
This spider is in the genus Araneus because of its markings and its coloration. A. Araneus are also some of the larger spiders in this family. Notice that the abdomen has two longitudinal stripes at the outer sides and one down the center. Also the yellow/orange coloring darkens to brown at the rear of the abdomen (away from the head). Also you can see the two outer eyes clearly but the six inner eyes are clumped together and hard to differentiate.
LOCATION: Eastern United States west to Iowa and Texas