Earlier this season I posted here about the creepy crawly infestation of our garden. Yeah, that was a good one wasn't it. It served as a great lesson in beneficial creepy crawlers.
The other day I was with some friends. Their kids got to harvest food earlier in the season from the garden. One of the kids was freaked out by a tiny spider spinning a web on the car door. She couldn't take it and quickly removed her flip flop and smashed it. I shrieked but it was too late. She giggled, nervously and blushed. I told her I couldn't believe she did that to Charlotte. She said, she knew that spider wasn't Charlotte. I conceded and then suggested that it could certainly be one of Charlotte's great-great-great grands. Her mum then chimed in about how I had told them about beneficial bugs when they were gardening.
Funny, because then I saw this on a sunny day on the Santa Fe Chili plants.
I don't think they are beneficial, but I have more than enough peppers. Plus seeing bugs, even if they are pests, reminds me that I haven't used any pesticides. I kinda like that.