I was in the garden picking tomatoes when I came face to face with this gal, an enormous (maybe 3 inches across) Black and Yellow Garden Spider. I’ve posted before about finding big spiders in our yard, but this one’s in a class all of it’s own. They’re quite common, apparently? I nearly ran face-first into her web – that was a surprise. 🙂 Shall we name her? Maybe something cute that takes the edge off her looks?
Notice the zig-zag pattern in the web – that’s called a stabilimentum, and it’s not actually for stabilization – it may be decoration. E. B. White was inspired by garden spider stabilimentum when he wrote Charlotte’s Web. It’d go a long way to establishing her intentions if she wrote “Terrific” over my tomatoes.