This is not the first tarantula to show up in the garden. A couple of years ago we witnessed a strange sight. An insect dragging a baby tarantula. It was a tarantula killer or hawk. It had captured and stung this spider and was getting ready to lay an egg. I won't go any further on that one as we all know the ending to that story.
This might have been the kind of spider that surprised Miss Muffett as she was eating her curds and whey.
A couple of days later I was reading in a British gardening magazine about Miss Muffett the daughter of the celebrated British entomologist Thomas Muffett (1553-1604). How interesting, I thought, Little Miss Muffett was a real person- or was she?. There are many theories as to who the little girl was and this one ties in quite nicely with Thomas Muffett's career. He wrote The Theatre of Insects which was a catalogue of British native insects. He specialized in Arachnids. However, Thomas did not have a daughter although there are stories out there that he had a daughter called Patience. He did have two stepdaughters but their name was Brown. Don't believe everything you read on the internet. The charming painting above is by Scott Gustafson.