@Ciri I also believe it was most likely several generations using the same web. But for at least a few years, the same spider was using the web (had the same leg missing every visit). This is the first time the web has ever been demolished when I've visited and the spider not present though
@RezonantVoid This is amazing and something I didn't know! I'm from Southern Ontario so every orbweaver we have here expires in late autumn or so, to hear that they can naturally live much much longer warms my heart!
Very cool how she had set up web in the exact same spot, rest in peace Old Gold!