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!)