Well, probably not. But it’s certainly the biggest web I’ve ever seen, and it happens to be in my front yard so I’m especially…interested. It covers nearly 1/2 acre (about 155′ x 120′), and it’s hard to believe from this photo, but our neighbors and passersby wouldn’t even know the web is there. It’s invisible except when the sun is low and strikes from just the right angle. You can get a sense of that knowing that the web is uniform, and only appears densest in the center of the photo because that’s where the sun strikes it right. It’s just as dense on the photo’s bottom-left as in the center, and just as sparse in the center as on the bottom-left. During the day, or from the north, south or west even at sunset, it’s impossible to see, even looking closely. We first noticed the web two weeks ago, and after it was ruined by an unusual April snowstorm, were surprised to see it reappear good-as-new within a couple days.
Actually, this is in the past tense: the web is no more. I took the photos yesterday evening before giving the lawn its inaugural mowing. The lawn had needed cutting for a while, (the neighbors and passersby probably did notice that) but I’d wanted to enjoy nature’s performance art a little longer.
Maybe the spiders are busily spinning this morning, hoping to wow us again by sunset.