More on the life of my Writing Spider ... (from Wiki)
"Yellow garden spiders breed once a year. The males roam in search of a female, building a small web near or actually in the female's web, then court the females by plucking strands on her web. Often, when the male approaches the female, he has a safety drop line ready, in case she attacks him. After mating, the male dies, and is sometimes then eaten by the female".
Looks like our spider has mated! Her poor mate is hanging lifeless from her web even as I write this.