Geographic location of the bug: Western New York
Time: 08:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi, saw this crawling on the ground October 21 in western New York. I have never seen a spider of this color here in New York and I was hoping to get it identified! Thank you for the wonderful site as well!
How you want your letter signed: Scott Szafranski
This is a harmless Orbweaver, probably in the genus Araneus. Orbweavers rarely leave their classic orb webs, so we suspect this lady was dislodged from her web or perhaps her web was destroyed.