I was taking pictures of the zinnias today and noticed this on the underside of a zinnia. It is amazing what we learn when we take the time to observe things in nature. I didn't realize that spiders would eat like this, I always thought they ate what was trapped in their webs. Spiders are most certainly not my favorite things to observe, in fact I hate even looking at pictures of them in books, so I'm not even sure why I'm putting this on my blog other than it is something I've not seen before. I'll probably have spider nightmares tonight like I always did when I was young. I don't like spiders and really, most of my nightmares as a child had something to do with spiders in my bed, or hanging down in front of me as I opened my eyes. I just knew they were real, I could see them, but they always disappeared when my parents came to see what was wrong with me.
As much as I dislike spiders, and we have lots of them around here, I don't spray for them because they too are beneficial insects. The cucumber beetle that this spider is eating is harmful and they are known to cause damage to certain trees and they also eat dahlias, peonies, and hibiscus leaves.