For the past several weeks I have been watching a spider that has spun a web on the outside of one of my windows. I might not have noticed this spider if it had been on any other window, but this is a window I love to look out of. And, once I noticed it, I made sure I watched it as much as I could. Most of the time, it didn't even seem to move. So, I started taking photos of it. Then it began moving -- and one day it wasn't at this window any more, but I did spy it, with a new web, down next to the garage. This spider is called a black and yellow argiope - a garden spider that is also called the writing spider. What makes this so interesting to me is the web that it spins. The web has the most amazing zigzag pattern!
I discovered that although these spiders look scary, they are harmless to humans - they like to eat insects!