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Araneus diadematus spider? - Eriophora edax - female

Araneus diadematus spider? - Eriophora edax - Female
northeast part of the city of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
June 9, 2019
Size: Large - almost 2 inches
This large spider is in our backyard weaving an orb web every night when it gets dark since June 5 (so far 9 nights). Then she hangs in the center of the web all night -- except when a flying insect gets caught or a small male spider comes to visit! The web is circular but vertical, stretching from the eaves of the roof with lines going down to the ground. First photo shows the underside of the spider close up. Second photo shows the web. As requested, third photo shows dorsal (top) of spider.

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Araneus diadematus spider? - Eriophora edax - female Araneus diadematus spider? - Eriophora edax - female Araneus diadematus spider? - Eriophora edax - female Araneus diadematus spider? - Eriophora edax - female Araneus diadematus spider? - Eriophora edax - female

Moved
Moved from Orb Weavers. I'm convinced! Thanks for the extra legwork.

We would have suggested
Eriophora edax

 
Another possible Eriophora edax
I just uploaded a photo of a much smaller but similar orb-weaver spider living near this big one. Is it a younger version of Eriophora edax? See what you think at: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1689729

 
Ahh yes
Spinier legs are good for that. Perhaps I'm wishing for humps. I can go with Eriophora.

 
Could be Eriophora edax
Very interesting to see the debate about our spider's identity. It could be Eriophora edax. Here is a photo of the underside of an Eriophora edax that looks quite similar to ours:
https://bugguide.net/node/view/686881 Also the photo was taken in Pasadena, which is quite close to where we live.

We will try to get a better photo of her dorsal surface. It will help if she weaves a web that's not so high up tonight.

 
Two new photos
I just uploaded two new photos of the same spider. These are action shots as she was building a web. Maybe you can see something that will help solve the identification debate.

Moved for review
Moved from ID Request. Any pictures with a view of the dorsal surface?

 
Dorsal photo of spider uploaded as requested
I just uploaded a photo of the top (dorsal) surface of the spider as you requested. It's a bit harder to get a good photo of her from this side. Can you identify the species? Thanks for helping us understand this special creature.

 
Better!
Okay, I think I see humps on the abdomen which means it is an Araneus, but I do not see the typical abdomen pattern of A. diadematus. This might be an A. andrewsi.

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