This little (ha!) lady was hanging out at the community garden looking very well fed.
A few weeks ago, we had a garden spider (not the one pictured above) build a web right by our front door. I figured she'd only stay a day or two because we use the front door frequently, but she ended up staying for a while and filling her web with all kinds of creepy goodies, including a male garden spider and what I thought were little egg clusters. She also nearly doubled in size during that time.
One morning she was gone, so we assumed she'd moved on. When we returned from our walk, we noticed some activity up at the top of the front porch and saw this:
My husband thought that she had kidnapped and killed someone's hamster overnight, but no. That is a giant sac of spider eggs. I am amazed that one spider can produce so many! And I'm not sure if she relocated it overnight or has just been traveling back and forth between the web and the eggs the whole time. Guess I need to be paying better attention to my front porch!