I made a new garden spider friend at the arboretum, yesterday! As such, this is as much a PSA as an environmental observation: Be careful walking the paths today. The spiders are busy at work.
Today, we’ll be talking about the praying mantis, species diversity, and ecological niches. All photographs and video were taken by me at the local arboretum and are indicative of a sort of capsule environment you might find in such a locale.
There are many people who have some level of arachnophobia, or a fear of spiders. While most keep to themselves, there are some that are highly aggressive when disturbed. Generally these species rely heavily on web cues and have rather poor eyesight.
NOTE: There are images of spiders in this post. If that is something that disturbs you, you’ve been forewarned.