wow. Thanks! I think you totally nailed it. That's amazing. Do you know if this is a dangerous spider? I have kids runnings around and its parked itself right under our patio covering where the kids play. Is it harmless or do I need to remove it? Thanks for your speedy reply! You're awesome.
No problem, at all. This spider is most def. harmless, no worries!
Quoted from BugGuide.net;
"Orb weavers are very docile, non-aggressive spiders that will flee at the first sign of a threat (typically they will run or drop off the web). They are not dangerous to people & pets, and are actually quite beneficial because they will catch and eat a lot of pest-type insects."
"Being bitten by an orb weaver is very uncommon, and typically the individual was "asking" to be bitten. Orb weavers will only bite if they feel threatened and trapped without a chance for escape (e.g. - like trying to pick them up). A bite is often compared to a bee sting, and for most people, is nothing serious. However, it is recommended to observe them in their environments (e.g. - on their web) and not to pick them up."