The first female yellow garden spider of the season has appeared in my backyard garden. This makes the third summer of seeing them. Last summer, I counted as many as seven spiders at one time building webs among the trellises and tomatoes. They made so many egg sacs that I relocated some of them to local community gardens (with permission) and gave them to other gardener friends.
She's still very small and hasn't developed her bright coloration yet. I'm glad that she remained still for a photo. When disturbed, she causes her web to vibrate so as to appear larger, in order to scare off would-be attackers. I'm glad to have her as an ally for natural pest control.
And speaking of bugs, I love the newest joegardenerTV video: