13 Aug '11, 10am

The Garden Spider

The Garden Spider

There is a new garden spider this year within a corner of the chimney and the hydrangea on the north side of the house. The boys spied it the other day. They know just what this beautifully marked, large, black, yellow and white spider loves to eat, and they are driven to feed to it and enjoy a free show. This show is one of terror and suspense, quickness and intent. Grasshoppers make a good meal for the giant garden spider. The children hunt and catch grasshoppers by sneaking behind them and grabbing their jumping legs. Too big of a grasshopper will jump out of the web but too small will not wiggle enough, making for a dull show. They will find a grasshopper just the right size. Everyone comes close. Gently the captor tosses the hapless grasshopper into the web of the garden spider. This act is a little intimidating and sometimes startling; perhaps this is a very quick sp...

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