I went out to water the plants last night and met our new neighbor. Right next to the front porch between the porch and a holly bush was this fella (or gal, I didn't ask, nor did I check) Pretty cool looking really.
The bright colors made me think that this thing could be trouble. And since I do a lot of trapsing in that area trimming bushes, pulling weeds and the like, I wanted to be sure. So I did some internet research to find out.
Turns out that my new neighbor is a Black-and-Yellow Argiope (ar-guy-oh-pee) and is not dangerous. They only bit humans if severly provoked and their bite is akin to a bee sting. So it would hurt, but I wouldn't die without some sort of allergy.
But man does it look cool.