The Argiope aurantia is more commonly known as the yellow garden spider. Garden spiders will spin webs in plants, in porch overhangs, between trees, and in other outdoor spots.
Adult females reach lengths from 3/4 to 1 1/8 in., while males reach only 1/4 – 3/8 in. In both sexes, the shiny, egg-shaped abdomen has striking yellow or orange markings on a black background. The forward part of the body is covered with short, silvery hairs. Legs are mostly black, with red or yellow portions near the body.
I know these guys n gals look scary but they truly are beneficial to insect control especially in your garden. They are not aggressive by nature but if threatened my bite. Their bite is compared to a bee sting and will get a bit swollen and red but not dangerous. I suggest if you see one in or near your garden you simply remember where it’s web is and try and leave it alone.