We have a relatively new resident, a Nephila clavipes, living outside our house. She's been there all summer long. She wasn't all that big when I first saw her a couple months ago, but now -- this image is just about right (source: wikipedia): Yesterday she was snackin' on a good-sized lizard that must have fallen out of the tree below which she is currently nesting. That's not all that good (those lizards are great pest control), but normally she snacks on critters I would rather not have around such as mosquitos and wood roaches. Any suggestions for a name (not that she'll respond to it, of course)?