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Saturday, September 1, 2007

Orb Weaver

My husband noticed this beautiful black and yellow spider in our garden several days ago. The argiope aurantia is more commonly referred to as the garden spider or writing spider. It is a member of the araneidae or Orb Weavers family. (I think Orb Weavers is a perfect name for a fiber group.) We've been expecting him to catch an unsuspecting bee or butterly, but so far he/she seems content to just live in our rosemary plant. Notice the writing in the web - like an endless zig zag stitch.

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