Nephila maculata, a spider in the orb weaver family. This large beauty is in a wood frame that measures 9" wide by 11" high. I have always been amazed by these spiders because they can be the size of some tarantulas, but retain a body to leg aspect that reminds me of a black widow. They can weave a web across an 80' river. Their web has been rated at 25 times stronger than steel.