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Photo Friday: Funnel in the grass

Saturday, almost a week ago, Loved-One and I took a walk in the early morning.  I needed to take pictures of Queen Anne’s Lace so Chad can finish the back cover of A SHIP OF PEARL.  Every lawn we passed had gauzy patches covered with dew.  Small patches, that may have gone unnoticed, if we’d waited until later in the morning. The dew covered gauze shimmered in the still-waking sun.

Well, of course we had to take a closer look.  And then a still-closer look, and closer, and closer:

webs - 4

webs - 1

webs - 2

webs - 3

Notice the hole in the center of the web? A black and  brown spider sulked inside one of the holes.  I tried to get a photo, but she scuttled into the hole.

Here’s a photo and some info that I found on-line:

The “Grass Spider” I saw was maybe a 1/2 inch long.  She’s  from the funnel weaver family Agelenidae. These spiders spin dense, non-sticky, sheet-like webs with a funnel-like retreat where the spider hides.  They eat insects and other spiders.

“Grass spiders” are timid and non-aggressive. When anything other than  their web is a than an insect approaches, they typically retreat to the back of their funnel web. (And just in case you’re wondering, they cannot bite humans, because their “jaws” are too small.)

 They build these beautiful and practical webs, only to have them mowed down or crushed.  
Now for some other lovely photos, shared by Jen at Pierced Wonderings.
Pierced Wonderings

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  1. Oh. My. Word! Another beauty only available to the ‘early worm’.

    • Adela Adela

      I agree,Diane. 30 minutes later I never would have seen these gossamer beauties.

  2. Oh, that 3rd one is breathtaking!

    My fella lived in western Pennsylvania for a couple of years. While he was there, he was living in a very rural area and he had his choice of hikes right outside the door. There were other things he wasn’t crazy about there that brought him back to the coast but he LOVED the hikes, and he still likes to to tell stories about hiking through a field early one morning and seeing it just completely covered with dew-laden webs – he usually tells it in the context of all the creatures that were living out there that you might never notice if you weren’t looking.

    I know a lot of people would find the idea of a field being inhabited by thousands of unseen spiders scary, but I always thought it was a pretty beautiful observation.

    • Adela Adela

      I agree with your fella, Bonnie. It’s pretty awesome the critters out there, if you just take a few moments to ponder. That said, Anne Matthews’s book WILD NIGHTS is all about the wildlife in cities. She says you’re never more than 3 feet from a spider anywhere in the city.!!

      • Oh, that sounds like a book I should get! I have a whole tag category in my blog for urban wildlife. It’s amazing how comfortably so many critters are able to co-exist with us in our cities.

    • Adela Adela

      Thanks Mary!

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