Last week I visited the garden of some friends and was mildly surprised to see their Ramona Clematis in full bloom and being very photogenic. As I neared to take a picture I noticed what I first thought was some sort of bizarre looking honeybee with fuzzy black legs. Closer inspection showed it was a bee being carried by a Daring Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax). This is a fairly common spider who hunts among lovely blossoms for its next meal. The Jumping Spider does not use a web to catch its prey, but is a stalk and ambush predator. They do produce silk, though it is used to for egg laying, to hid in and as a safety line when travelling from one place to another. I am not sure why, but it never occurred to me that a bee could be prey, but I guess a brave little spider has to do what it has to do. Such drama in the garden.