You can see the spider sitting in the middle of this one.
This next one is like the Eiffel Tower of spider webs and very impressive to view. It is a variation of a SHEET WEB. The victim flies into the lines up above and then falls into the sheet below where it is grabbed by the spider.
You can just barely make out the spider just under the branch.
I think this one is a variation of a sheet web called a hammock web.
The one above is a BOWL AND DOILY WEB and again is another version of a sheet web. I see these a lot near my home. You can see the spider in the middle of the bowl part handing upside down. The are about the size of a soup bowl. It is made by a spider in the Linyphiidae family.
Above is another common on that is easy to find on a sunny day is the FUNNEL WEB. Often you can see the spider sitting at the entrance to the door. I see these along the Blue Ridge Tract trail that I take so often. They are on the side of trail, one about every 4-5 feet, and remind me of driving down an old neighborhood with the parents sitting out on the front stoop talking and watching the kids. I am always tempted to get a closer look but they quickly run inside when approach too closely.
Here is a more upright funnel web of Wolf Spider. It is quite large as you can tell from the leaves.
I was very impressed by the smooth silk forming the funnel on this one.
I believe the one above is a web of a lampshade weaver (Hypochilidae). I found it near the Green Salamander at Coopers Rock State Park.
These next few are FILMY DOME WEBs about the size of a soccer ball. This was the first time I had seen this type and if it hadn't been for the mist on them I probably would not have noticed them. They can be made by a spider in the Linyphiidae family.
So there you have it. I don't know a whole lot about them but they are so very interesting to look at and I am hoping that others will find them interesting as well and and want to learn more.
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