Well, dear readers, Fall has fallen! Summer is officially behind us. To soften the blow, and pay tribute to my favorite garden friends, I’m going to post a few articles featuring pictures of some helpful bugs. This way, I can bid them adieu until next year. Soon, our attentions will be turned indoors to lighting, hydroponics, and a host of other modern growing systems. For now, enjoy this little top-tier predator I found next to my compost bin:
The health of an environment can be judged based on the presence of a thriving food web. Top-tier predators, such as this little hunting garden spider, represent a healthy balance of animal and plant life. These guys are the reason I shy away from chemicals in my yard. When you spray insecticides, all of the many-legged fauna is put at risk. Poison doesn’t know the difference between aphids and spiders. Allow arachnids to flourish, and they will keep your pests in check.
This spider sat perfectly still as I snapped photos. I looked away for a moment, and when I looked back, she was gone. Just like Summer. Escaping without a word.