White-Backed Garden Spider
The female of this species is similar to its close relative, the black-and-yellow garden spider. However, the white-backed garden spider is slightly smaller overall, with a pointier hind end. Also, the abdomen is patterned with many thin silver and yellow transverse lines and thicker black, spotty lines. The carapace (head) is small and covered with silvery hairs. Males are smaller and thinner; they are usually only seen when courting or mating in the webs of females.