Yesterday was very pleasant, so I got out the Sigma macro lens and the “ring flash” and started looking for bugs. The first thing I found was a small spider on some big rosemary plants. He seemed to be repairing a web.
As usual I have no idea what sort of spider that is. The bright orange mark is what caught my eye. I think I’m going to send the photo in to What’s That Bug to see if they know. (Well now I know: it’s a Leucauge venusta, an “orchard spider”. This morning the web is looking very nice and neat.)
This one is getting started on a whole new milkweed plant, since he and his friends ate the leaves completely off the other plant. They and the black swallowtails are pigs.