This morning, we see an enormous brown and yellow spider on the walk to school.
I learn that this garden spider commonly holds the name “Writing Spider.”
|Argiope aurantia and Her Writing|
She constructs and deconstructs this web daily. She builds a fresh web every new day with that distinctive zig-zag through the center of her web. Nobody knows for certain why she creates the series of X’s in her web. Called stabilimenta, this silk structure inside a web confuses arachnologists. It seems to serve no purpose at all other than decoration. It doesn’t necessarily stabilize or reflect light a certain way. It doesn’t serve to attract prey or warn birds.
It’s just writing in the web. It makes it beautiful; it’s artful.
The arachnologists want it to serve a great purpose and to aid survival. But it doesn’t. I remember C.S. Lewis commenting on that which has no particular survival value. He writes in The Four Loves,