Found this spider a little larger than a silver dollar crossing the road at a trailhead. Picked it up with a stick and moved to the side away from cars and foot traffic. Can’t identify it…
Weirdly, it looks a lot like Eriophora pustulosa. The problem is that that isn’t a North American species. Eriophora ravilla is the closest American species.
https://spiderid.com/picture/92370/ Are you the same person using a different username or did someone else use your photo?
Hi, the second submission is not from me, but they used my photo. And, thanks for your earlier reply. I had been scanning images on North American spiders without any luck finding a close match, which is what prompted me to post. Is it common to find non-native species?
They are usually found on products from other countries, especially grape clusters. Outdoors- there are introduced naturalized species, like Araneus diadematus and introduced invasive species, like Joro Spiders. They are included in a country’s listings. Most non-natives die in the new environment or can’t reproduce. A spider we can’t identify easily might be an individual variation. This might be a Neoscona species.