I have read that an European Garden spider has five or more large white dots forming a cross on its back and I think that is what this spider might be. This spider species are also orb- weavers. I photographed this spider while in the Montreal, QC, area in late August. The photo to the left shows the spider's underside. I would appreciate any comments which might verify the id of this spider.
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