A intricate spider web and the “hard working little creatures” behind the design have been praised online.
A photo of the large web was shared by the Missouri Department of Conservation on its Facebook page on Wednesday (local time).
The image was captured by the department’s media specialist, Francis Skalicky, while on a trail in Springfield.
The Missouri Department of Conservation explained an orbweaver spider was behind the stunning creation.
“A number of species of orb weavers can be found in Missouri,” their Facebook post explained.
“Their webs are most noticeable in late summer in fall, when webs and adults reach their largest size.”
Viewers were impressed by the photo and expressed their admiration for the web.
“Gorgeous piece from an architect of nature...until you run into it!” one person commented, while another described orbweavers as “hard working little creatures”.
“It's a beautiful, intricate wonder of nature! Wonder how spiders can make their webs so perfect, they’re amazing spiders!” someone else said.
“I run into these webs on a daily basis, half the time you can't see them until they're already all over your face and head!” another person wrote.
Though many marvelled at the web, which does look quite large in the photo, some did question how big the web actually was.
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