Here are a few recent photos taken in central Iowa near a pond. The spider turned out pretty well considering it was already dark by the time the photo was taken which made it especially creepy to be so close to. I would guess it was half-dollar size. Though I had hoped to get a top shot, I wasn’t about to stick my face in between the web and a barn about a foot away. I am sure it will be bigger in a few months once it snags one of the kittens running about. This colorful moth nearly outshined the Monarchs that were nearby. I don’t yet know the species, but the patterns on the wings are amazing.