I wanted to share these pics with you and give some pointers to the ID of spiders from pics, This spider is the Walnut Orb Spider - Nuctena umbratica and it's a female. It took up residence in my bug box which has 11 holes with Leafcutter bee larvae ( Megachile centuncularis) in them, soon to hatch out,
So after I had finised the photo shoot I relocated the spider in another part of the garden,
She is about 13mm long and responds well to the web being shaken and stopping long enough for a good shot.
Check the underside for sternum patern and the epygine for species
good shot of the patern on the back
The eye set will get you to Genus