I live in Hickory, NC (Western NC), and this spider just appeared by our front door last Saturday. Sunday morning, spider and web were gone. Monday, I found him about ten feet away with his web between the house and a shrub. Thought you might appreciate the pics. Excellent site!
Hi again Gene,
Writing Spider, a common name given to spiders who make a stabilimentum in the web like your photo shows, is just one common name for Agriope aurantia, also known as Miranda aurantia. Other common names include Golden or Yellow Garden Spider, Golden Orb Weaver, and Black and Yellow Argiope. Thanks for the beautiful photo.