Originally Posted by Arlyn
The spider posted is a Golden Orb Weaver, not a Banana spider
I agree. I don't know much about spiders, I'll admit that, but when a big arse Jewel Spider showed up here a few years ago (and her offspring have stayed year after year), I did some research to find out what kind of spider she was (coincidently, the Jewel Spider can also be called the Cat Face spider, due to the way the "butt" part (sorry) resembles the face of a cat), and I came across the Golden Orb Weaver so many times. Actually, I got quite an education on a LOT of garden spiders during those months when I was initially frightened of the Jewel Spider in my backyard and then entranced.
Looking at the Banana Spider on google, I'm even more sure that you're right, that it's a Golden Orb Weaver (the Banana spider has more yellow than the little guy in the OP's pic). But then again, what do I know? lol
To the OP, does your spider have a sort of "weird" pattern in it's web? Golden Orb Weavers seem to have a trademark zig-zag pattern. Check the pic in this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usonian/221979026/
Here's a pic that looks almost exactly like the OP's pic (I tried to find one with an abdomen of lighter stripes, but with two distinct yellowish stripes crossing through them)http://www.forestryimages.org/images...12/5005098.jpg
Family: Araneidae; Genus: Argiope