Anyone know what this beauty is? I live in Pennsylvania and have searched quite a bit and can't find a match.
Thanks for any help, Ronnie
CLOSED: Spider ID
Here you have the same spider that kennedyh named with the exact amount of yellow dots on the back
Is the difference in spots on the back because its female-male, because i have seen photos of both with same name. or is it some other reason.
These are always female. The males are very tiny and usually about 1/20 the size of the female, and are thin.
Also called Golden Orb Weaver, they are known for the big web they make that is strengthened in the center with a "zipper", a zig zag weave. They get huge and they love big bugs, like grasshoppers, wasps, and sadly, even butterflies. They are harmless to humans however, altho they are scary because of their visibility--bright and big.
I read that if their web is destroyed, they will try to repair it, as it takes so much out of them to build a new one.
At the end of the season, you may find little brown "sacks" about 3/4 to 1 inch big hanging around your house. That's their babies.