Over Labor Day Weekend, I was home for a visit and I found the biggest spider I have ever seen hanging out on the cucumber plants. I pointed it out to my mom and she said that the spider had been there the entire summer. The spider had built a large web straddling the cucumbers and Korean squash, a perfect spot for a hungry spider. Upon further investigation I learned that this spider was a female Black and Yellow Argiope, also known as a Garden Spider. In the waning summer, she ventured deep into the cucumber vines to lay her eggs. When I found her she was fussing over her egg sac, covering hundreds of them with a papery coat. Once satisfied, she returned to her web and resumed her spidery ways.