The biggest garden spider ever


Can you spot the big spider next to the Scarlet Runner pole beans? We think it’s an Argiope spider. The name comes from Greek and means “silver-faced.” They’ve appeared all over the garden, in the peas and in the kale. They have a special, thick thread running through their web which is known as a “web decoration.” We read that when threatened, they drop to the ground. So that’s good for the unsuspecting gardeners picking pole beans. This big lady isn’t an aggressive spider! Phew!