This spider may be huge, but it is actually beneficial. It spins its web early in the evening and then takes it up by dawn. They are good for catching mosquitoes. So if you see one, leave it alone. Of course, if its web is across your doorway, try and re-home it somewhere else, or wait until after sunrise - the web should be gone.
There are a few things that I have found so far that are very successful at attracting butterflies. The first is carrion. I have seen as many as half a dozen butterflies feeding on an owl or hawk pellet.
In fact, butterflies love anything that is rotting, so overly ripe bananas or just starting to mold oranges are also a favorite.
The other thing that I have seen that attracts butterflies is dung. I have seen butterflies attracted to goose, deer and horse dung.
So, it seems that some of the most beautiful creatures in the world are a bunch of rot-loving, carcass-swilling, dung-eaters.
Box turtles are pretty awesome animals. You might not even see a box turtle, because they are pretty good at being stealthy. I have a friend who looks after a few rescued Box Turtles. She's created a little turtle habitat and keeps data on them. She has taught me a lot about different types of turtles and what they eat. One thing I never knew is that Box Turtles love berries.
I found this one at the Rutgers Garden. They just put in the plants for the season. Looks wonderful. Walked in on a wedding taking place near the children's garden. The Rutgers Gardens are getting bigger every year.