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Golden Garden Spider

[Golden Garden Spider]

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I found this very large, striking spider while taming my back lawn. She had anchored her web to a sow thistle which I carefully mowed around. The dense crisscross vertical structure is called a "stabilimentum" and is characteristic of the webs of these kinds of spiders. Scientists don't know for certain why they build them.

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