Fall Webworm - Hyphantria cunea (Click picture for larger view)
"The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects; making it possible... to see a new beauty in what is vanishing." ~ Susan Sontag (American Writer, Activist and Critic, 1933-2004)The translucent web of a fall webworm, with yellow larvae. The larvae form webs as they feed. Though the webs are unsightly, damage to most trees is considered to be insignificant. This picture was taken in Virginia. The gauzy look to the spun web with sunlight reflecting off of some strands has a surreal look and you can almost make out leaves and other objects in the background. It is such a delicate web.
Submission for PXITE topic "surreal". (end of post)