Sometimes when I am in the woods I come across strange and unusual things. This observation is a good case in point. I found this relic mid-1980s model Dodge pickup truck near Old Alton Bridge. It was located nearly a quarter mile form the nearest road, and had certainly been there for years—maybe even decades. A forest of trees had grown up around as you can see from the pictures.

Over the years, the pickup had been irresistible to armed wanderers and its body was riddled with bullet holes as evidence.

Interestingly, life can even find a way to take advantage of a rusty old hulk like this. A resourceful Funnel Weaver spider (probably Agelenopsis naevia) has made one of the larger caliber bullet holes his home and has set out a sticky web as a welcome mat.

Funnel Weaver - Bullet Hole

Funnel Weaver - Bullet Hole

Funnel Weaver - Bullet Hole

Funnel Weaver - Bullet Hole

Funnel Weaver - Bullet Hole

Observation Details

County Denton Denton County - Old Alton Bridge
City Unincorporated
Date Sep 7, 2013
Time of Day Morning
Temperature Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C)
Weather Partly Cloudy
Habitat Recreation-Park
Type of Behavior Stationary
Gender Uncertain
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Funnel Weaver Observation Location