What kind of spider is this? black and white spider

It has a weird black and white backpack looking thing. Found a couple of them in Auburn, Alabama. Any help is greatly appreciated.


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It's a Spiny Orb Weaver, aka Spiny-backed Orb Weaver. Orb Weavers are a very large genus of spiders; this one is a Gasteracantha cancriformis. The spikes can be black or red; there are many colors as well.

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  • $\begingroup$ Pictures uploaded for you :) Feel free to change them $\endgroup$
    – Remi.b
    Dec 5, 2016 at 1:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Remi.b - Oh, thank you!!! I only have a phone now, and I couldn't figure out how to do it! And you included the creepiest one, too, ha! $\endgroup$ Dec 5, 2016 at 1:43

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