This fall my Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ bushes became the home of a couple of Garden Spiders, a friendly and extremely beneficial arachnid.
The distinctive coloring on a Garden Spider’s abdomen:
A yummy grasshopper dinner:
The largest Garden Spider was longer than my finger (no one knows why they make that thicker zipper-like pattern in the middle of their web):
A Garden Spider egg sac (this one was destroyed before we knew what it was; however, the second garden spider laid one further away from the front door that we’re going to leave alone):
Not from a Garden Spider (the makers of these webs are about the size of a dime), but pretty: