National Geographic : 1933 Aug
NATURE'S INGENIOUS SPINNERS i pilp lrrlaiL~iy tll$ C1llU UIlri- ll L11llCJ IlLulil size HEAVY WITH EGGS, THE FALSE SHAMROCK CLINGS TO HER WEB One of the showiest of spiders, Araneus marmoreus, may be seen in autumn throughout most of North America and in parts of Europe. The female, after laying, becomes much smaller (left inset). She encloses her egg mass in silk (right inset) and then dies. GOLDEN GARDEN SPIDERS: BANDED GARDEN SPIDER The showy specimen at the left, an adult female, Mirandaaurantia,weaves a large geometrical net over prize blossoms; but the flower enthusiast forgives her, since she eats plant lice. Her "husband" (inset) seems a puny dwarf. Metargiope trifasciata (right) is rarer than her cousin.