I love the zigzag web this spider makes. The zigzag is call a stabilimentum and the web radiates out from it. The spider is the yellow garden spider (Argiop aurantia). This one is probably a female as she is really large. The spider eats bugs, as well as small green anoles and geckos. I almost always have one on the potted plants next to the porch.
All life is full of drama or what we like to call “the circle of life”. These poor caterpillars had really bad timing and made their chrysalis right before a hard freeze. The chrysalis dropped to the ground and dissolved.
If you can enlarge the photo, the spots on the butterfly wing can be seen.
Luckily, I was looking up before I walked into this scene. The scary looking spider captured a meal that will probably last for days.
Yes, in the circle of life every creature has to eat. This predator is hanging out near the bird feeder. It will not be a good day for some poor bird.
Plants are major players in life’s drama, but sometimes it works to their advantage. I call this plant raccoon grapes. Raccoons love to eat the wild grapes that grow nearby and apparently like to relieve themselves while climbing up trees. I often find raccoon scat at the base of my trees. This process is definitely a win, win for the grape vine. The seeds get moved to a new location to grow and the raccoon deposit the grapes right next to a tree for the vine to climb up.
A garden is just not a garden, it is full of life’s dramas.