|Yellow Garden Spider
The yellow garden spider, Argiope aurantia is one of the araneid or "orb weaver" spiders that builds the widely recognized circular spider web in which they snare their prey. Argiope aurantia is a common, distinctively colored (black and yellow), large spider that is frequently seen in the Fall in gardens, yards and along roadsides. The female (shown here) builds a web that has a conspicuous zig-zag band of white silk in the center of the web. For this reason, these spiders are often called "writing" spiders.
For more information about spiders in your garden, read Common Spiders in the Landscape.