Times are tough in my neighborhood, so much so that I had to hire a new security guard.
This Argiope Aurantia is known by several names including Yellow Garden Spider and Writing Spider.
I happened to notice him building a condo next to my garage one afternoon.
The name "Writing Spider" comes from the elaborate zigzag webs they spin that can sometimes look like writing.
They spin an elaborate web in order to catch prey such as small insects.
When the insect is captured, it is wrapped in a cocoon to be feasted upon later.