Fall spiders

Every fall, large brown spiders appear and build big beautiful webs in my garden. Here’s one that built a web right outside my back door.

Brown spider and web

I’m fond of these spiders, even though they catch bees that I’m also fond of. (Later in the day, this spider was busily wrapping up three bees that had landed in her web.)

I think these spiders are Araneus diadematus (“Cross Orbweaver” or “Garden Spider”), but I’m not sure.

What do you think?