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Is this an orb-weaver? and whats its name?
Hi
Attached is a photo of what i believe to be an orb weaver photographed outside of summer home in beaverton Ontario, Canada. The zigzag in the web is pretty clear. Sorry the photo is not closer i had to use my telephoto lens on my SLR to get the shot and im not to good with adjusting pics on the computer. Could you tell me what Genus it is?
Thanks,
Anna Jackson
(lifetime arachnophobe recently rehabilitated)

Hi Anna,
We are so happy you are rehabilitated. We also know from your following letter that you realize this is Argiope aurantia, the Golden Orb Weaver. The zigzag in the web is called a stabilimentum, and is the reason this group of spiders are also known as Writing Spiders.

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