Our Own Banded Garden Spider
I have a love—hate relationship with spiders.
On the one hand, spiders are our friends. Because spiders are our friends, I try to avoid squishing them when I find one outside. And I like looking at spiders, from a safe distance. They can be quite interesting, even if they are creepy.
On the other hand, while I’ve held a snake before, I’m pretty sure I couldn’t hold a “pet” spider in my hand.
Last night, I was watching a herd of bumble bees and a few honey bees in our Russian sage, when a bug with yellow stripes caught my eye. Turns out it wasn’t a bug at all. It was an arachnid, a banded garden spider.
The photo above is the view of the top of our spider. The photo below is the view of the underside of our spider.
Though the web and spider aren’t in the same spot today, I’m hoping to find it again and try to get some closer pictures of it with a macro lens.