We have a big fat yellow striped spider that makes a similar web (with that long white bit in the middle). It's called something like 'the common garden spider', but I only see them very rarely; beautiful creatures.
A big black spider lives outside of my bathroom window. It makes a large circular web all across the window, and I don't have the heart to destroy it. Sometimes wind and rain will tear it apart, but most of the time, within a day or two, a fresh web is back in place. I haven't seen it in a few days now, so maybe the old spider is dead.
What a wonderful photo.cheers, parsnip and thehamish
Love the bright colours of the photograph, looks almost like a painting.
I spotted the spider and have christened him Donald after Donald Rumsfeld. Not because of a similarity in appearance but comparable tactics.