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Fat Orange Spider - Araneus

Fat Orange Spider - Araneus
Auburn, Placer County, California, USA
October 1, 2011
Size: Body 3/4" dia.
I've lived here for over 40 years and never seen anything like this. Any ideas?

Moved from ID Request. If you can get a dorsal & ventral view we might be able to determine if it's A. gemma or gemmoides. I agree with the comments below. It is likely a cat-faced spider... it's just that the other species often looks very similar.

... an orb weaver in the genus Araneus and harmless. My guess would be this species: .

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