Picture ID 149000

Picture of unidentified spider

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I have no idea what kind of spider this is. Any help would be appreciated

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  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2021
  • Photographed: Sep 20, 2021
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Elkton, Maryland, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.),Ground layer (leaf litter, dirt, grass, etc),Under rock, log, or debris
  • Found in web?: Yes
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She’s probably Neoscona crucifera, a Hentz Orbweaver. She isn’t dangerous. She’ll make an egg sack soon. Right now she is trying to catching as many flying or jumping insects as she can eat. She’s nourishing her growing eggs. The females are giants (scientifically!) compared to the males. The females, like yours, need to be big to make big orb (circle) webs and wrangle big bugs. Her web is made at dusk and she eats it around dawn. It is the kind of web that is a common design on Halloween decorations, though she isn’t scary.