I mentioned in my "Garden Bee" post that I took decent pics of a huge spider and a colorful beetle. Well, that's just a tease. So here are the aforementioned insects.
I'm guessing that the spider is a wolf spider, although I thought that kind of spider spent most of its time on the ground. This creepy crawly was so big it would have almost filled the palm of my hand.
I knew the second bug was not a beetle, but I didn't have the time to look it up at the time. This insect is a shield bug nymph, the last stage before adulthood. So you could say it's a teenage shield bug. And, as with us humans, the teen is more attractive than the crusty adults.