This morning I was at the arboretum, scouting for bugs for this weekend's Bug Safari, (the last scheduled Bug Safari of the year.) While scanning the passiflora for Gulf Frittilary caterpillars, I came upon a conspicuous trailing line of spider silk.
I followed it a little way...
... and it led me to this beautiful creature.
She was reeling in her silk line. I think she was eating it.
She had an enormous bum! Full of eggs, I'll bet.
I marked the spot on the trail with an arrow of twigs. I do this occasionally so I can try to re-find the bug in question at a later date. Crab spiders usually stay within in a small territory, as long as food is available. I will check on Saturday morning before the Bug Safari and see if she's still there.