17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A spider in our flower box.

While sitting on our porch, we noticed something white in one of the flower boxes. On further investigation we saw it was actually a web with a center strip of a zigzag and fluffy web around the spider in the center of it. The spider is Argiope Aurantia, a garden spider. When the spider feels threatened it vibrates rapidly on the heavy center zigzag and it disappears in the motion. The web breaks down at night and the spider builds it up again every morning. It has been there now for several weeks.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2019
Date Uploaded: 08.2019
Photo Location: Granville, Massachusetts, United States of America
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
Copyright: © Elizabeth Jones