Orb-weaving spider

7279.          Found this crawling across the patio into the grass. About the size of a quarter (including legs). Sundre, Alberta. Canada

 

Number 7279.    This is an orb-weaving spider (family Araneidae) in the genus Araneus; most likely Araneus saevus, known as the giant lichen orb weaver. Orb-weaving spider image . All orb weavers are harmless to humans.