Any idea what kind of spider this is? Discovered him while doing yard work today.
Sally Caron, Lafayette, California
It’s called a “Black and Yellow Argiope. This is one of the spiders we call “Garden Spiders,” that spin those big round webs in our backyards. Beautiful! I don’t use pesticides in my backyard garden, and I have about 10 of these wonderful spiders spinning their huge webs between my wire tomato baskets. they catch a lot of the insects that some people try to kill by spraying pesticides. Much better to have the spiders do it for you. Lots safer than spraying poisons around the vegetables you’re planning to eat. They also light up my garden like decorations on a Christmas tree. /Gary