ha-hah!  i caught him in action!  this is the large orb weaver in the back yard that spins his web each dusk and eats it back each dawn.  he builds it very rapidly, crossing his guy line which is ~20ft in 5 seconds.  he spins a few combined guy lines from the porch to a tree (the 20ft), then goes to the middle, pauses, then drops like an entertainment park ride to the grass (~6 ft down), and zooms right back up.  he makes a few ground lines like this, then spins a half circle web amidst them.

he's all done in five minutes.  his body is about the size of a fat red grape

+Stephen White 
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