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Today’s design inspiration….created by nature!

We discovered this spider near the house and were fascinated by the color and the legs!  A little internet research revealed that it is a St. Andrew’s Cross Spider.  It is named after the martyr who was killed on a cross shaped in the “X” formed by the legs.  Yes, there are eight legs!


That little zig zag in the web is put there by the spider.  Its exact purpose is unknown.  It may act as a marker to keep large animals like birds out of the web.  It may be for reinforcement or it may actually attract insects because it reflects UV.  We watched this spider catch an insect and quickly run to get it, wrap it up and eat it!

I am grateful for the past week in Northeast Ohio – they have been perfect!