Almost ran into this guy in my yard

Started Sep 17, 2012 | Discussions thread
Ceci Land
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Re: Almost ran into this guy in my yard
In reply to Pete Berry, Sep 17, 2012

It's a spiny backed orb spider. (I didn't know until after I took the picture, but I just had to google it. I'm guessing it was around a 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide (a little less than 1.5cm) and quite rotund. So it's not that big actually. I'd seen the web a couple of days ago (But already forgot it was there) and at the time I hoped it was a garden spider's home since they're really huge and should make for fairly easy macro shots. So I was surprised when I saw this squat spider in the web instead.

I live in the southeastern US. Apparently it's native to the area and from what I gather, fairly common. It's just the first time I've ever seen one.

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