Eriophora ravilla
(Tropical Orb-weaver)

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Picture of Eriophora ravilla (Tropical Orb-weaver) - Female - Dorsal

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I encountered this spider 25 feet up on my ladder on a cable span today, never seen anything like it before. I sprayed it and it flew off into the trees.. Then a couple mins later I saw it coming back up until I broke the web line it was on. Freaky!

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Hi,and welcome to the site. Your little friend looks to be a female tropical orb weaver, Eriophora ravilla species. Likely hiding out for the day making a big orb web at dusk.
https://bugguide.net/node/view/24094
I see this is up on a utility pole, not unusual,the young disperse by ballooning.

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