Spider Identification Request
Hi, I love your site. I stumbled upon it while trying to see if this is a harmless spider since three of them have appeared on my deck. From reading your site, I am guesing a harmless golden orb. What do you think?
Thanks,
Cathy

Hi Cathy,
Your spider is not a Golden Orb Weaver, but a Marbled Orb Weaver, Araneus marmoreus. They range throughout the U.S. to Alaska. It hides in a retreat of the web and will drop to the ground if approached. It usually builds its web on low shrubs and in high grasses.

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