Believe this is a Argiope aurantia
Yes, you got it! I grew up in Connecticut (Vernon and Woodstock) and I don’t remember ever seeing a Black and Yellow Garden Spider there. It would be hard to forget a huge black and yellow spider. I didn’t see one until I went spider hunting in South Carolina. Your spider will make her egg sac soon. It will be tan and about the same size as her abdomen. The eggs develop into baby spiders in Autumn and they can survive freezing temperatures. In the Spring they’ll disperse to various places. They seem to prefer habitats that White-tailed deer prefer.… Read more »
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