|Regal jumping spider: Prolific breeder and predator of yard and garden caterpillars. Does bite, does hurt.|
|Horseshoe crab: more of a spider than a crab. Their blood is critical for medical research, including emergency|
medical tests. Their eggs are the sole source of spring food for some species of migrating birds.
|Black and yellow mud dauber: predator of spiders, including the Black Widow.|
|Either a Long-Horned Bee or a Hairy Bee. I really need to catch one to make a positive ID. |
Both are native pollinators
who work far faster and more efficiently than the introduced honeybee.
|Spider Hunting Wasp. Well, the name pretty much explains its value. This one has decided that soldierfly maggots|
are easier than spiders to catch and eat.
|Leaf cutter bees (damage shown): these bees cut up some tender landscaping plants to feed their|
young, but repay humanity by being the #1 pollinator of the world's #1 forage crop - alfalfa - a plant
that honeybees refuse to visit.