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You may have seen one of these in your garden.
This impressive-looking spider has the genus (and common) name Argiope.
According to mythology, Argiopē was a nymph (i.e. a minor female divinity associated with the natural world) and mother of a celebrated bard.
Spin out the tale a bit further, and you learn that spiders such as the Argiope have been known to trap nymphs sexually immature insects in their webs.