Argiope trifasciata, the garden spider, is found in the United States, Canada, Central & South America, Australia, the Mediterranean region, Africa, Sri Lanka, the South Pacific Islands, and China. They lay several hundred eggs during the fall. The males have black abdomens and the females have white.
Cottonwood Trail at LLELA. I think this is a Banded rather than a Black and Yellow Garden Spider.
Argiope trifasciata (also known as the banded garden spider in the United States) is a species of spider found around the world. It can be found in certain areas of Europe, namely the Iberian Peninsula, the Canary Islands or Madeira. The similar looking Argiope bruennichi is common in the Azores. Considered a pest in some areas, they typically begin to appear during autumn from early September to late October as temperatures start dropping.