Did anyone see me make a mad dash for my truck this morning form the lobby of Hannaford in Buxton Maine, fling open the door to my rust bucket old Nissan truck, lob in my parcel, grab my camera bag and dash back into the lobby? I was so afraid someone was going to squash this little feller before I could immortalize her / his cute little mug in digital splendor.
I have a friend at USMs Cooperative Extension Services. I sent it to her and she sent it to the Orono office for identification. I wonder if it is an import that came in with a fruit shipment from Guatemala.
Here is the response from Orono:
Your ephoto of a spider was forwarded to me for response. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. This impressive spider is one of the many orb weavers in the Araneus group that are so common and large this time of year. They spin large webs and trap insects in them. The nests are usually located near light sources. They are not as poisonous as the more notorious spiders such as the brown recluse and black widow.