"Hi Bug Girl! I spotted this critter on our deck; I think he’s an orchard spider, but I’m not certain.  Still, he’s handsome! Here’s another angle.”- zeroatthebone

I believe you are correct!  The Orchard Orb Weaver, Leucauge sp.  is an especially beautiful spider and here is a close match to yours’ on bugguide.  Although, this is a “she”, males are much smaller.  If you see an Orb Weaver of a good size sitting in a large web, you can bet it’s a girl.  Males may build webs but not the giant orb kind that females do. 

"Hi Bug Girl! I spotted this critter on our deck; I think he’s an orchard spider, but I’m not certain.  Still, he’s handsome! Here’s another angle.”- zeroatthebone

I believe you are correct!  The Orchard Orb Weaver, Leucauge sp.  is an especially beautiful spider and here is a close match to yours’ on bugguide.  Although, this is a “she”, males are much smaller.  If you see an Orb Weaver of a good size sitting in a large web, you can bet it’s a girl.  Males may build webs but not the giant orb kind that females do. 

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  2. skull-shit said: I met one of these for the first time a few weeks ago! Took me a while to identify it. I’m really sad that I haven’t seen one since…
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    Orchard Orb Weaver
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  10. tobyaudax said: Right on the money, Andrea! Lovely photo, zeroatthebone!
  11. zeroatthebone reblogged this from buggirl and added:
    She’s actually much smaller than she looks in the picture; her body’s about half an inch, but the full web was enormous,...
  12. amber-skies-with-dragons said: That would scare the living hell out of me if I saw that in person…. O_O
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  14. pochamarama said: Oh wow, what a nice green color!
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    She’s gorgeous.
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