Argiope aurantia devours Grasshoppers

Mystery spider – big!
We live in rural Maine, and this spider was on my garage last fall. Can you help me identify it? You’re more than welcome to use the pic on your site, if you’d like. Thanks!
Christine, Maine

Hi Christine,
Your spider is Argiope aurantia, and it has numerous common names including, but not limited to: Black and Yellow Orb Weaver, Golden Orb Weaver, and Yellow Garden Spider. Seems yours has a taste for Grasshoppers.

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