Matt found this in the yard yesterday. We googled it and found that even though it looks like the most fearsome spider in the world it is a harmless garden spider. Of course the spider itself may be harmless but that doesn't mean I won't knock myself out running into a tree if one lands on me. This grand dame is approx 2.5" from leg end to leg end.Her web is in a tuft of grass out in the yard. Matt found her while mowing and left her habitat intact. While he was mowing he also came across a settlement of praying mantises and relocated them to a new home before mowing down theirs. Isn't he sweet?