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The Orb Weaver and its zig-zag web.

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This really tiny spider and web is only about 2cm or1/2" wide. It was quite hard to focus on! Taken in the back garden this morning - after we had 262mm or 8 1/2" of rain on Thursday and Friday!!

Wikipedia says the following about the zigzag pattern:
The web of the yellow garden spider is distinctive: a circular shape up to 2 feet (60 cm) in diameter, with a dense zigzag of silk, known as a stabilimentum, in the center. The purpose of the stabilimentum is disputed. It is possible that it acts as camouflage for the spider lurking in the web's center, but it may also attract insect prey, or even warn birds of the presence of the otherwise difficult-to-see web. Only those spiders that are active during the day construct stabilimenta in their webs.

Brisbane, Australia.

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robryan

Thanks Gracie:))

It was my 1st time too Cathy - thanks :)))

Thanks IF - my pleasure:)))

islandflyer

Great photo and interesting information. Thanks Rob. I learned some new things again. :)

cevas

Wow!! I've never seen a zigzag web!!
Thank you Rob. That's a great picture and interesting info!!

Graciela

Incredible pattern! amazing picture Rob!

robryan

LOL!! Maybe Lunie:)))) This one was hard to spot because of its small size. Thanks :)))

We have a few 'normal' ones too Karlein - but this is the first time I've seen the zigzag web:))) Thanks :))))

KARLS

ORB WEAVERS APLENTY HERE ROBYN, BUT I HAVE NEVER SEEN A ZIGZAG WEB.

Dilubreuer

A modern architectural design? Never seen one like this before rob!

robryan

We have larger Orb Weavers smllpkg - but this is the smallest one I've come across. Thanks :)))

smllpkg101

Never heard of this one. Fantastic!

robryan

I think this one's a baby Shirley - he's probably got a lot more growing to do:))) I'm SO pleased that you got some decent rain - YEAH:))))) Now your garden will bloom:)))) Thanks :))))

LOL!! Thanks Marry - that's what makes Jigidi so interesting:)))

LOL! Tell Jim they don't bite Suzy:))))) They eat insects:)))) and I have to agree - it's a real artist:))) Thanks :))

WOW!! That's an amazing feat Florrie!!!! Thanks for such an interesting link:)))))
We had no damage here - but there was lots of flooding and at least 5 drownings around the city - mainly from people driving into fast moving water.

Yes we are thanks Floyd:))) We live in a hilly suburb:))) Glad you liked the zigzags:))) Thanks :)))

LOL!!You have to look real hard to find them Lyndee:))) This one's only about 1/2" across:))))) Thanks :)))

Thanks donnebrook - they're smart creatures aren't they:)))))

warbler

This is so facinating and a great photo, too!!! Thanks Robyn! Hope there aren't any large dams above you somewhere.

donnebrook

Great photo. I thought he was stuck in his own web! lol

lyndee

Should I ever come visit you Robyn.......remind me NOT to go in your backyard!

Gladstone

Hope you are high and dry.
He looks stranded.
Like the ZxzX spider wed.

pumpkinhead

Jim said, "It's one scary looking spider!"
I say, " What an artist!!"

ikook

Everything is different in your parts, Rob! Thanks for sharing :-)))

Shian2

I haven't seen this little fellow, then I 've not been looking for one, I'll now be more observant, Thanks Rob, We did well out of the resent rain event, 112mm and didn't put a run in the creek, it was the best rain we have had for 2 years.

robryan

I've only ever seen them in a cross formation Barb - so this was a first for me too:))) Thanks :)))

SunnyBarb25

I've never seen a zigzag spider web, that's new to me. Thanks Rob :)

robryan

Thanks Janet - Jeremy and I couldn't resist zooming in on this tiny spider:))) Of course his photo was much clearer than this one - he stacked 3 photos on top of each other!!!!! but I decided I liked mine too:)))

jan42ful

What a fabulous photo thanks Rob. Great info for us too. Hugs. ♥

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