Funnel Wet

Funnel Wet

Rain-soaked funnel web on the lawn of Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT. The tunnel can be seen in the center. I think this is probably the web of a grass spider, like the one that visited my office last November, or maybe a wolf spider.

 

Drop in!

A closer view of the tunnel.

The silk is so fine that it’s invisible and it looks like the droplets are levitating. Any prey will probably not see it in good weather, and the spider will jump out and grab it as soon as the web is disturbed. The silk also seems to create a screen effect that sharpens the edges in the photo and intensifies the contrasts.

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Tiny red covered bridge

Tiny red covered bridge

Covered foot bridge over a gate in a dam on Fountain Lake Reservoir in Ansonia, CT.

Star-of-Bethlehem

Star-of-Bethlehem

Ornithogalum umbellatum, also known as grass lily, nap-at-noon, and eleven-o’clock lady. Originally a cultivated garden plant, now gone feral in New England.

There are two flowers shown, one open and one closed.

At the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities offices in Hartford, CT.

Bracket fungus

Piptoporus betulinus. At Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT. This is unusual because it was growing in the ground instead of on a birch tree, which is their normal roost. Maybe the mulch is made from birch.