Identify This Spider

Any guesses? Sorry, I have no idea of scale, other than a description of “fricking huge”. However, your interpretation of “fricking huge” might be different that my sister-in-law’s, so YMMV.


An Orb spider of some sort:


For future reference, the left column of has a clickable guide to our creepy-crawly friends: “We collect photographs of bugs from the United States and Canada for identification and research.”

It should be noted that “orb spider” is a very broad category. Any spider which weaves a web in that familiar concentric-polygons-with-spokes pattern is an orb spider.