Black and Yellow Garden Spider?
Last year I saw one of these spiders for the first time. It made it's web between the boxwood and the mailbox on the front of my cottage. I could have touched her she was so close. I had a front row seat everyday and got to see every meal. That spider was about 1-1/2 inches. She made her egg sac right up against the house and then she disappeared.
Since I had never seen one before I searched online for info and then because from what I read the spider keeps to the web; I didn't disturb her once I was sure she was going to stay put!
This year I hadn't seen any of these spiders until now. I was cutting grass along one side of the house a few days ago and then started to pull some weeds in the flower bed. I soon stopped when I saw the huge web. This web is almost two feet in diameter and the female spider was hanging upside down in the very center. She is almost 3 inches from leg tip to tip! I have been checking the web every day to make sure the spider stays put because if this one ever comes inside I will be leaving and selling the house!
I try really hard to leave nature's creepy critters alone and I do not use any chemicals in the garden so the good creepy crawlers can battle the bad ones! But when I saw how big this one is and how close she was to the dining room window I have to confess that it was a struggle to leave her in peace! She is kind of pretty but she had better stay outside.
Has anyone else found this spider in their garden?
"How doth the little busy bee Improve each shining hour, And gather honey all the day From every opening flower!" ~~~Isaac Watts Here is a link that might be useful: [Yellow Garden Spider](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argiope_aurantia)