This beautiful lady is hunting on tiny trumpet fungi. She’s called a Nursery Web Spider simply because she carries her egg sac in FRONT rather then behind her…watching everywhere she carries her bundle.
The fungi are called Xeromphalina campenella (I THINK!). This is a species that when found, can be found by the hundreds…as this particular cluster prooved. They were all OVER this particular log.
The little spider is known, by me, to be a hunter on mushrooms. One of my first experiences while photographing fungi was to find a giant of this species on the top of a giant mushroom! This one was only about the size of my finger print.
4/4/12 in NE Kansas while out Morel hunting (found 10!)


  • MischaC
    MischaCover 2 years ago

    Absolutely fantastic shot, Carla!

  • Thanx Mischa! She was such a lovely lady…couldn’t resist her!

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Claire Walsh
    Claire Walshover 2 years ago

    What an amazing spider. Fantastic capture:)

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 2 years ago

    Great shot Carla … you really have overcome your previous fear of these fascinating creatures !

  • Glynn May
    Glynn Mayover 2 years ago

    Superb image Carla encompassing my two favourite things, mushrooms and spiders

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