Subject: Huge Beautiful Spider
Location: Sandy, Oregon
September 6, 2013 2:37 pm
This spider was photographed in Oct. 2011 up on Mt Hood(NW OR). The pix really don’t do it justice… the abdomon was huge (about the size of a small grape) & its markings were gorgeous. What the heck is this thing???
This is a female Orbweaver in the genus Araneus, and it very closely resembles the Shamrock Orbweaver, Araneus trifolium, which according to BugGuide: “occurs in a variety of colors.” This individual on BugGuide looks very much like your spider.