This spider is so big, it should be named. This lovely arachnid seems to have found a good home in the barn. She has made her web right next to the bug zapper! Clearly, she has plenty of food.
My neighbor took this photo with his big fat digital camera that has all the bells and whistles. If you noticed, this same spider was photographed by me in the previous blog post. Only I used my iPhone camera. While I love my iPhone, there is no comparison between the two!
There has been quite a bit of discussion in my neighborhood and among friends regarding exactly what kind of spider this is. Garden spider or orb weaver? Apparently, there are hundreds of varieties of both and I was even told the orb weaver is a garden spider. Or a garden spider is an orb weaver. Once I find out for sure, I’ll report back.
Now it appears we have yet another unusual visitor to the barn. Discovered this afternoon, this praying mantis has moved into Ms. Orb Weaver’s territory. Ms. Orb Weaver is still with her web, but moved to higher grounds. This could get interesting.