Media specialist Francis Skalicky recently snapped the photo on a trail near Springfield, according to the department, which posted the image on its Facebook page Wednesday.
The intricate circular web was built between two trees and the perspective of the photo makes it look imposing.
The web was made by a ball-weaver spider, an arachnid known for its intricate spider web designs. They are large in size – around half an inch for females – and are usually hairy or hairy, according to the department’s website. Spiders help control the population of flies and other pesky insects, but that̵
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Facebook users commented on how appropriate it was to see a web of this size in October, and one even said it was “the type that literally ‘catches’ people walking through them at night.”
Others have made their feelings about the spider known, appreciating his beautiful work. Several comments mentioned looking for a new place to live, while many joked that the photo should have had a disclaimer for those who were terrified of spiders.
But others found beauty in the spider web, with one user saying it reminded her of a lace doily. Another user said it was reincarnation at work: “Christo is back as a ball-weaver spider!” referring to the conceptual artist who passed away earlier this year.
While these spiders are quite common, Halloween fans are definitely in the mood for the season.