This shy cat-faced spider is roosting in the eves of our house, in an awkward little corner that requires me to climb a ladder and twist and crane my neck to get a good look, and even then it’s tricky to maneuver my camera into a good position. So I had an idea.
Here she is in her safe space, where it’s exceeding difficult to get her portrait.
My cunning plan: I put a mealworm in her giant orb web that was hanging down below, and she was on target lickety-split for that, and conveniently lined herself up for a closeup.
Isn’t she pretty? Araneus gemmoides if you want to get formal with her.