Many people refer to all orb weaver spiders as “Cat-Faced Spiders” or “Barn Spiders” …but we believe this species is THE actual Cat-Faced Spider, also called the Plains Orbweaver, (Araneus gemmoides). Orb weaver females are massive at this time of year (hard not to notice). We will be able to enjoy them, and their beautiful webs, until we get our first hard freezes of the season. Then it’s up to the egg sac she left behind to usher in the next generation in the spring. Photos by Dan Poore on 9/17/19 in Helena, MT.