Looking down onto my Virginia Creeper, I was struck by this unique shadow on one of its leaves. In getting closer to appreciate it, I saw the intricate details of the perpetrator of this shadow - quite special, yet so easily overlooked. It's a mere .35 inches in size. My fascination continued to the point where I HAD to find out what out was ... It's called Micrathena sagittata, a spiny orbweaver.
Personally, I think the shadow is more ominous-looking than the actual spider ... how about you?