Stacey Campbell staceycampbell@yahoo.com
 Orb weaver spider

Orb weaver spider

We have a lot of these in the yard, but this was the biggest I'd seen for a while. This is likely a Neoscona crucifera. Wikipedia informs me that "this species will bite if provoked, but its venom is not dangerous to humans".
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