Although I've tried to establish them at other times and in other places, I decided to try Jerusalem artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus), a member of the showy sunflower tribe, again this spring. I planted several groups around the yard, including this particular clump, which is located just a few feet from our compost pile.
Over the course of the summer, on this one little clump, I've seen crescent butterfly caterpillars, cicadas, grasshoppers galore, preying mantises, and wheel bugs, just to name the insects that come to mind most easily. This would be a good plant to pick for a species diversity highlight, come to think of it!
I've seen some spiders here and there, as well.
When I went outside yesterday morning, though, I noticed something I don't think I've ever seen before: within 2' of this unprepossessing clump of greenery, there were FOUR large female garden spiders in their webs, with a 5th less than 10 feel away above the compost pile.
Here is Spider #1, on the south side of the Jerusalem artichoke clump. Yesterday she had both a grasshopper AND a cicada in her web. When I took her photo this morning, she had finished with both of those and was waiting for another meal.