The zig zag pattern in the middle alerts us that this is an Argiope spider, not a European garden spider. Similarly, Argiope spiders are usually strikingly yellow and black whereas the the Europeans are gray and tan. Don't worry, there won't be a test over any material covered here.
I was shocked when I did my morning plant inspection and noticed this:
My dragon's blood sedum was covered in bugs! Yikes! I hurriedly snapped some photos for identification and went inside to research. My anxiety lessened as I quickly learned this probably wasn't a bad thing, and in fact, could be a good thing. These strange guys are assassin bugs, and I have actually blogged about their kind before here and here! I learn something new all the time. Anyway, assassin bugs are good in the sense that they eat/kill/assassinate pests from plants, and since my succulents seem a little susceptible to caterpillars lately, I am leaving nature as is. I am sure it will all balance out. Gotta love good ol' Mother Nature.
The lovely Priscilla from Blossom Hideaway informed me that my comment section was not accepting comments. I reverted back to a simple boring template for now just to appease the comment Gods and plan to have a permanent solution sometime in August when I get back from vacation. Or maybe September.