Aug 07 2014

Fog Webs

Published by at 7:20 am under Insects, Fish, Frogs,Schenley Park

Spider silk revealed by fog (photo by Kate St. John)

Monday morning’s thick fog held some surprises:  Pitt’s 40-story Cathedral of Learning “disappeared” yet all the spider webs stood out.

In Schenley Park diaphanous silk connected the flowers.  Where is the spider who made this?  Will he find the aphids sheltering under the flower head?

On the ground I found many small white “area rugs” like this one.

Funnel spider web (photo by Kate St. John)

These are funnel spider webs.  Mostly flat, they slope inward to a single hole.

Here’s a closeup of the hole beneath that horizontal blade of grass.

Funnel hole of the funnel spider web (photo by Kate St. John)

An even closer look reveals the funnel spider lurking inside.  The slightest movement on his “carpet” brings him out in a flash to capture his prey.

Funnel spider in his web (photo by Kate St. John)

I tried to make him emerge by touching the web but he knows the difference between a human touch and the struggling movements of prey.  He won’t come out for me.

And yes, it’s Throw Back Thursday.  Here’s a 2008 article with a lot more information on funnel spiders.  Read What’s This Cloud on the Ground?

 

(photos by Kate St. John)

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2 Responses to “Fog Webs”

  1. Marianneon 07 Aug 2014 at 8:55 am

    It is fun to take an ant and throw it on the web to see the spider spin its magic!

  2. Gene Hendersonon 07 Aug 2014 at 10:25 am

    As a child I did this too. Drop the ant and almost as fast as you could blink the spider came out and took his prey back to his tunnel. On the more traditional webs where the spider hangs in the middle of the neatly woven web, yes, he would pounce and spin his prey.

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