Writing Spiders

I have a writing spider in my backyard. 

It is quite special as she made her web and staked out her territory when I cleaned up the back yard a couple of weekends ago.

Post coming soon.  Here is the link to a ton of info on the writing spider. http://bss.sfsu.edu/holzman/courses/Fall%2003%20project/writing_spider.htm


Argiope aurantia (the yellow garden spider, the yellow and black garden spider, the black and yellow argiope, the golden orb weaver, yellow argiope, or the writing spider) is an orb-weaver. Orb weavers are famous, not only because of their debut in Charlotte’s Web, but because of the incredible webs they spin. E.B. White describes one of the webs in his cherished children’s story: “On foggy mornings, Charlotte's web was truly a thing of beauty. This morning each thin strand was decorated with dozens of tiny beads of water. The web glistened in the light and made a pattern of loveliness and mystery, like a delicate veil” (White 1952). Orb weavers are truly the artists of the Animal kingdom. Strands of silk are woven into intricate patterns; the “Writing Spider,” in particular, earned her name because she weaves a series of characteristic x’s through the center of her web, called stabilimenta (Castillo 1997). Spinning webs of the finest silks is no easy task. A typical web can take hours to construct and its beauty is fleeting: Argiope aurantia destroys, eats and then rebuilds her web every night (Moran 2003). A perfectionist? Maybe, but the Golden Orb weaver needs to be. The strength of the web is life; it must be able to hold prey thousands of time its weight.

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