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Kim, I think this is an Argiope aurantia with a more slender abdomen:http://bugguide.net/node/view/6613
Jeff I agree with your first suggestion Nephila
OK. I took another look at the photos, and agree.
I agree with Joan, this is Argiope aurantia.
The shape of the abdomen suggest Nephila to me.
Spotted on Jul 17, 2013 Submitted on Jul 17, 2013