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Argiope Behavior

While photographing Argiope Aurantia in North Carolina I noticed an interesting behaviour. The spider would react to touches to the web by pumping it like jumping on a trampoline.

I first noticed this when a pine needle landed on one edge and stayed leaning on the web. After a few pumps, the spider ran directly to the needle and investigated. It appeared that it could locate a victim by the damping it caused.