Please read this...Hope this doesn't bug you much, but a not so itsy, bitsy spider moved in...

NOTICE TO READERS: If you happen to be one of those folks who cried during the scene involving the bad ending for Bambi's mother, or if you happen to find the whole "Circle of Life" thing to be "cute," you might want to find something else to do.

However, if you happen to be one of those folks who realize that the "Circle of Life" can be rather gruesome at times, please read this...

I suppose there's a certain amount of confidence that comes with a spider that is the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. That could explain why we got to see a rather large spider lay claim to part of our front porch during the past week.

The spider moved in sometime last week, and just started hanging around. Right there in clear view. I guess you can do such things if you are really big, have eight legs and venomous bites.

As of noon time on Monday, the big ol' spider was still there, doing whatever a spider does. To be honest with you, I do not know what spiders do. The creature on our front porch has not been particularly chatty.

The giant arachnid on our front porch wasn't the only spider which was busy in our yard during the final days of summer.

Another spider was busy in the back yard, which was not a good thing for a butterfly. Truth be told, the butterfly appeared to be the main course for Sunday dinner. And yet another spider spun a web in the back yard. All in all, the images created by these busy creatures turned out to be quite spectacular.

A preying mantis also decided to join the fun. The mantis was spotted Sunday evening. I'm guessing this creature was looking for dinner, too.

Or, perhaps the mantis was a female. I did not look really close. Female preying mantises like to have their mates over for dinner. The mates, well, then become dinner. Kind of puts a damper on plans for the rest of the week.

It's rather interesting what kind of adventures can unfold, right in our very own yards. Almost makes me want to break out in a lively version of that "Circle of Life" song.

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