A neighbor calls our house “the spider house” because so many orb weavers spin webs in front of our large living room windows. Our spiders work their webs at dawn and dusk, and I watch their silhouettes against the pastel sky as they move like aerial acrobats—spin, pull, build, repair.
The orb web, with its two-dimensional, radiant geometry, is the iconic spider web. But different species of spiders spin different types of webs, ranging from simple to complex. These include aptly named triangle webs, as well as funnel webs sparkling in the morning dew on lawns and fields, and myriad three-dimensional tangles, or cobwebs, which have been likened to galaxies in their structural complexity.