Aug 07 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
(photos by Kate St. John)