Orb-Weaver Spider

Gardeners say they are seeing fewer of these Orb-Weaver Spiders this year. Maybe it is too hot & dry for them?

An interesting Wikipedia article says researchers think the heavy cross-stitching on the web helps hide it from prey — something I’ve wondered about ever since one showed up in my garden a few years ago.
[Pauline's pix, Irene's plot, BarbM's post]

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