Zygiella x-notata

Missing Sector Orbweb Spider, Zygiella x-notata

Zygiella x-notata by Martin Askins
Zygiella x-notata by Martin Askins

Aptly named because this little spider spins an orb web usually, but not always, with one sector missing. It is a relative of the Garden Spider and frequently makes its web outside, in the corner of window and door frames, under gutters and on fences. Away from human habitation it can be found in the entrances of caves where it perhaps once greeted our cave-dwelling ancestors and ate the flies entering their primitive homes. Unlike most spiders, Zygiella is active right through the winter.

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