Saturday, April 04, 2009
More Morning Spider Webs
Last August I blogged about gigantic orb webs. It seems that "The Year of the Spiders" is continuing. This morning I awoke to the sight of dozens and dozens of sun-catching, sparkling, gossamer webs hanging from branches, tall grass, and some spread out like a counterpane on the surface of the grass. Some hung like delicate baskets from tree branches and tall grass, catching the early morning sun and sending it back in surprising sparkles. Others were spread like welcoming coverlets over the grass, thick and cottony sloping to a perfectly round opening in the center that is the door to the spider's home. I suspect that the webs on the grass belong to Hobo spiders and funnel spiders, both of which can leave a nasty bite if you get too close. I have no idea, however, what kind of spider weaves those delicate hanging baskets.