Ugh! Ya know, I love South Carolina, but these bugs are DRIVING ME CRAZY! This is the 3rd CrAzY looking spider we have seen now, check a few posts down for the other two... Do you know what kind this one is???
UPDATE: A few hours after posting this, I found this great post-
Writing Spider, Scribbler, Black and Yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia)
On Jul 25, 2006, melody from Benton, KY
(Zone 7a) wrote:This is a very large and intimidating looking spider, but in reality, it's a great bug catcher, and rarely leaves it's web.
The female's body can be nearly 1 1/2" long not counting the legs. The male, who is rarely seen, is much smaller, between 1/4" and 3/8". He is not as brightly colored, and only has one purpose in life.
The female spins the large web with the distinctive zig-zag down the middle, and is the one people see in their gardens.
While this spider is seen all across the US and southern Canada, it isn't common in the Rocky Mountains and the Canadian Great Basin area.
Because of it's large web, that it maintains by eating it each evening and spinning a new one before dawn, people have come to enjoy them in their out of the way garden areas and co-exist with them easily.
ANOTHER Update: LOOK! We JUST found the male not too far away also!
Another update: It started to rain HARD and I went out to look at my spider. Here she is holding on to her web with her back legs. Too cool!