Looks like he's got himself a cricket or maybe even a circada. Its hard to see the actual web, but trust me, it's flucktacular. Its huge and extends probably 5 to 7 feet at it's breadth.
I blew the pic up and altered the levels to get a better picture of him:
That's his actual color, yellow and black. Isn't that amazing? It kinda looks like a tick.
Alright...let the search begin. Tell me what this thorny little fellow's true name is and you get free tickets to the next Saint's home game. No...i'm just fucking around...everybody knows you can't get tickets to a Saint's game.
Update: I think we have a winner, from Anon:
she is the spinybacked orbweaver -
the perfect metaphor for "parochial deal-cutting atmosphere that is suffocating our recovery" (see link for boring details below) if I ever saw one. nice one Zombie. Hat's off. JB for Mayor!
"Niche partitioning in orb-weaver spiders of Louisiana"
Update 2: In the strange synchronicity which only the intertubes can provide, I opened my browser to Wired's home page to find that 1 million Orb weavers have joined forces to create a golden silk blanket. Perhaps Mr. Hubbard (the real one) can spend his 1 million dollars on that blanket to keep himself warm in the clink.