Not long ago I stepped onto my front porch and was confronted by a large spider. The black and gold garden spider (Argiope Aurantia) had built its distinctive web attached to a porch post. The thick zigzag down the center of the web is known as a stabilimentum. Apparently, even biologists are unsure of its function.
The next day the spider was gone. Too bad...he (or she) was quite a decoration.
Our current Ocracoke Newsletter is an account of Infant & Childhood Mortality on Ocracoke. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072113.htm.