While hiking in Briones Regional Park, on the western side of the 6,117-acre semi-wild area, I spotted a fat female Argiope trifasciata in the dry grass on a steep hillside. You’ll frequently meet these large orb weavers, and their cousins, Argiope aurantia, which we’ve kept here at home before, in the dry summer grass of Northern California. This one had captured a large bee of some sort and wrapped her up in silk for a feast. Spiders are not shy about attacking prey as large or larger than themselves, as we saw recently on Mt. Diablo.