Neoscona crucifera. Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, VA 01 September 2012
Not a good picture, but I decided to post it anyway. Not sure I can narrow it down farther than this, but if someone can I'd love the help!
Who is this? This must be who clotheslined me the other evening going out my front door!
This large Barn Spider was found feasting upon the remains of this web-ensnared katydid
Adult female suspended in the center of a 2-3 foot web. Photo by James Bryant.
Been watching it build webs (and take them down) on our porch for the last several weeks. No web tonight--perhaps fall has taken its toll?
Neoscona crucifera is an orb-weaver spider in the family Araneidae. It is found in the United States from Maine to Florida in the east, to Minnesota in the Midwest, to Arizona in the southwest, and in Mexico. Its common names include Hentz’s orbweaver, and barn spider, though the latter nickname suggests the confusion that can result from using common names for spiders, as the name "barn spider" is also commonly used for the species Araneus cavaticus.