Around these parts, this is the time of year for cross orb weavers (AKA garden spiders or pumpkin spiders). They seem to be everywhere. For the past two or three weeks, it seems you can't you out at night without walking through a cross-sidewalk web (at head height). This one's been hanging out on the back porch for a week or so--that is, I first noticed it about a week ago. We were moving some stuff back there today, and that was going to necessitate shifting a bag of charcoal that its web was anchored to. It must not have liked the nearby activity, because it scurried off somewhere before we actually touched anything. Didn't go back and look later, but I'm sure it's well on the way to spinning a new web.