On one of my strolls with the dog, I came across these interestings 8 legged creatures….
After consulting with my ever intelligent about the natural world mother, she immediately identified this as a spider, not a small space alien ship.
It is a Spined Micrathena. Specifically the "Crab like Orb weaver" or so Bug Guide says thats it! Apparently they are common, and are responsible for many large webs in the woods, but I have rarely seen such a thing, probably because i don't really go looking for spiders!
Here is the back side of this insect. It has a nicer background as the other one was facing the parking lot.
Amazing the things God and Nature creates.
If you are a bug fan (not too many of those) you might be interested in looking at Bug Guide on the net, its got more than spiders!
I took this using my wierd new Lumix camera, the size of a deck of cards, with a 10 x zoom and a wide angle lense. We had been concerned that the macro might not be great, but it seems to be alright as long as I let it take a few moments to focus.
PS: apologies to this in my neighbourhood whoa re not fans of creepy things. I tried to use the title to warn you off!!!