Yellow Garden Orb Weaver
  Argiope aurantia  
Order: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
Physical Characteristics
Covered with short silvery hair    
Large bulbous abdomen
Covered in bright yellow or orange on black markings
Black with yellow or red/orange bands near body    
Male: 5-9mm (1/4-3/8 inches)
Female: 19-28mm (3/4–1 1/8 inches
  Webs are found in shrubbery, gardens, meadows, flower patches, usually sites that are sunny with little wind. The spiders themselves are most often at rest upside-down in the center of the web.
    Most locations in the U.S. and Canada  
  Web Type:    
  Spiraling flat orb with zig-zag band of white silk called stabilimentum vertically across the center.  
Fun Fact:    
  Orb weavers re-create their web every night using only their sense of touch . You can generally tell how well fed the spider is by the thickness of the stabilimentum, as the silk is energetically expensive and hungry spiders are less likely to produce it.