I've taken dozens of photos of these black and yellow garden spiders over the years. I don't like spiders much, but the bright colors of this species and their big webs are irresistible to my camera clicking finger.
We start seeing lots of these spiders in the garden and flower beds in early fall every year. It's one of the signs of the season.
This is a female. They are much larger than the males. The males approach with caution, and communicate by strumming the threads of the web.
When a hapless insect strays into the web, Her Ladyship springs into action. She injects him with a liquifying agent and wraps him in silk. Then she leaves him to soften up while she waits patiently for the next catch.
It's quite similar to the way Frodo was bundled by Shelob in the Lord of the Rings.
Garden spiders are very interesting creatures. Here are a few websites with more information about them:
Black and yellow argiope
Black and yellow garden spider
Yellow garden spider