At this time of the year, the funnel webs are all over the south side of the Mendip. Labyrinths are a dull grey-brown colour so they go largely unnoticed. It’s only when they start building their webs that they draw attention to themselves, especially early in the morning with the dew still on them.
I happened upon this one quite by accident as I walked off Crook Peak towards Compton Bishop. Normally the first sight of a camera lens sends the spider off down the spiralling labyrinth to protect it’s eggs but this one was prepared to stand her ground. Once she realised that I wasn’t a threat she would return to the narrow opening at the base of the funnel to wait for fresh prey, so I didn’t have a lot of time to set up the shot. Apart from photographing snails when is there much time?