*Spiders of unusual size. (this is a joke for those who have read "The Princess Bride.:)
If you've been following the blog this summer, you know that my son (aka future bug scientist) has been dragging me to look at all kinds of icky creepy crawlies which I then have to take pictures of.
Most recently, we've been following the adventures of "Webhead" (hey, the kid named her) in my back yard. Webhead is a Golden Orb Weaver spider (also known as a Yellow and Black Garden Spider) who has been hanging over my impatiens bed most of the summer and has done a fantabulous job cutting down on the local fly population.
All of a sudden, yesterday, she was gone. This is the first time she's been out of her web since she showed up a few months ago. We thought maybe it had gotten too hot for her or that our gardener had scared her away.
This morning we discovered where she'd been and what she'd been up to.
Apparently, Webhead has been a bit free and easy with her virtue when it comes to male spiders with the result that she is going to be a Baby Momma any time now.
She was back in her web this morning along with this ginormous egg sac.
Looks like I will be hip-deep in baby spiderlings pretty soon. Normally, I'd be out getting a court order to force the dad to pay his child support, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Webhead already ate him.
Gives a whole new meaning to the idea of "you play, you pay" doesn't it?