“That’s a sewing spider”, one of the Amish boys in my classroom told me. Then he told another boy, “It can sew your fingers together!” I think an older brother has been telling some tall tales.
These large docile 0rb weaving spiders commonly answer to plain ol’ garden spider or black and yellow Orb Weaver. But I was curious about the sewing-spider tag. They weave a zig zag pattern into their webs and therefor have earned a nickname of “sewing machine spider”.