funnel web

While going through last summer’s photos looking for some Argiope spiders for a new webpage that I’m working on, I came across a shot of a funnel web that I photographed on Sept. 16, 2005. It was quite an exquisite work. The funnel curved down into a dried rugosa rose leaf that was wrapped to form the retreat. I remember trying to get a shot of the spider (an Agelenopsis sp.) outside of the funnel, but every time I drew near, it would race down into the retreat. I finally got this shot on a cool morning when the spider seemed a bit torpid as it crouched near a recently killed moth.

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