Photo feature: The garden spider

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The garden spider spins a circular web and will always sit in the center, facing downwards waiting to spin any intruder that enters. The zigzag webbing that some create is known as stabilimentum, which is a thicker silk to help build the strength of the web. It is also said that this zigzag formation is to stead birds away so that they do not ruin the web. Sometimes these spiders eat their silks during the night and respin their web.  These spiders are not poisonous to humans but the venom that they do produce paralyzes the insects that enter their web. 

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