The more time I spend in the garden the more residents I seem to see. This morning I was greeted again by the falcon-in-residence. beautiful bird that seems to like to perch above the path. I will try to get a better photo of it.
Native to The Carolina Beach area the Spiny Orb Weaver is a very small but colorful crab-like spider.
The famous spider from Charlotte’s Web is a barn orb-weaver spider, Araneus cavaticus. Orb weaving spiders produce the familiar flat, ornate, circular webs usually associated with spiders. Orbweavers come in many shapes and sizes, but the brightly colored garden orbweavers, Argiope spp., are the largest and best known.
Orbweavers are generally harmless and can be a nuisance when they build large webs in places inconvenient for humans. Despite their formidable appearance, orb weaver spiders are not considered dangerous.One of the bright-hued spiders is the spiny orb weaver, Gasteracantha cancriformis. Although not as large as some of the other orb weavers, its combined color, shape, and distinctive web makes G. cancriformis a very recognizable spider. http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu.
One of the special residents of the Garden is the Sarracenia x rehderi. Developed by Stanley Rehder it is unique to our garden. Currently growing only in the Rehder garden’s naturalized setting, it is the only location to view this wonderful plant outdoors in North Carolina.