When: 2017-03-22

Collection location: Manchester Preserve, Encinitas, San Diego Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Jacob Kalichman (Pulk)

No specimen available

There was a sharp toothpick-like thorn stuck in the cap of the first fruiting body, maybe by a human. A male grass spider is also visible.

A second fruiting body deposited spores on a large hapless millipede as they were being jostled by the photographer.

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By: Matt Welter (mattfungus)
2017-03-24 09:37:06 CDT (-0400)

on agelenidiae. I couldn’t see the eleongated spinerettes in the pic so was only 90% sure.

I have seen all three common names “funnel web”, “funnel weaver” and “grass spider”.


Looks like there are five pages of pics on MO with the word spider attached to them. At least one of them I click on randomly turned up a widow.


I wouldn’t call him a funnel web spider
By: Jacob Kalichman (Pulk)
2017-03-23 18:01:17 CDT (-0400)

I would call him (if not “grass spider” like the obs note or “Agelenid” like a nerd) a funnel weaver spider

The idiomatic distinction between those common names is illogical, but he ain’t no Atrax

nice male funnel web spider
By: Matt Welter (mattfungus)
2017-03-23 17:01:09 CDT (-0400)
vectors are everywhere in the desert
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2017-03-23 11:06:29 CDT (-0400)

a good reason to make those “sticky” spores.

Montagnea spores are also quite tenacious, or so I found out firsthand last week!

I wonder what the cactus pin poker thought that mushroom actually was?


The spider is a nice touch.

I imagine that a half-hatched Battarea would be quite bewildering to anyone short of a fairly well trained mycologist.