What is this spider (picture included)?

I live in Tacoma, WA, and there are tons of these spiders all over town, including my home and all of the woods around here. I'd like to know what kind it is. If you know, please let me know what they are.

here's a picture: http://s427.photobucket.com/albums/pp353/yankyorow...

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  • Robert
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    It's a European Garden Spider {Araneus diadematus} also known as a cross orbweaver for the unique cross pattern on it's abdomen. Specifically yours is a female. They are an introduction from europe.

  • John R
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Excellent photo! Clear and shows the key points of the spider. The Cross Spider ID seems solid, but that Joseph - what a kidder! If white spots meant "dangerous to humans", then all the known dangerous spiders in the US would actually be harmless and many of the harmless ones would be dangerous. Presumably at that point the sky would turn green and plants would all be blue, and we would dry off from soaking in sand by pouring water on ourselves.

  • Brian
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    This is a Cross Spider (Araneus diadematus). They're very common all across the US, and they're harmless.

    Joseph is incorrect in assuming white spots mean danger. There is no correlation with color patterns and spider venom. All spiders are venomous, but not all spider venom is poisonous to humans. And no orb-weaving spider is dangerous to people.

  • Martin
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Its a type of orb weaver, where abouts are you ? Is that in the US

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    the only thing I've read about spiders is that white spots indicate extremely poisonous. Especially to humans.

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