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Tegenaria & Hobo Spiders

Here are some photos of Tegenaria domestica, the barn funnel weaving spider. For full info on hobo spiders and their bites please go to hobospider.org. Please choose a section below.
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Barn Funnel Weaving Spider -

Disclaimer: Tegenaria are very hard to tell apart and I am not at all certain that all the IDs on the tegenaria pages are correct. I have done the best I can to try and classify them correctly but would be happy for anyone to tell me if they believe otherwise - glen

The spider species Tegenaria domestica, commonly known as the Barn funnel weaver spider, the Lesser house spider, the Common House Spider, or the Domestic house spider, is a member of family Agelenidae, and a close relative of the hobo spider. Although its bite is unpleasant, they are rarely known to bite. The female barn funnel weaver spider can reach 7.5–11.5 mm (.3–.45 in); the male 6–9 mm (.24–.35 in).[1] The male has longer legs and a more slender abdomen than the female, and the legspan can reach up to one inch. It can be difficult to tell the difference between the barn funnel weaver spider and Hobo spider, as they both may have a herringbone pattern on the abdomen; however, the Barn funnel weaver is generally smaller in size, a darker shade of brown, with small circles on the abdomen and a striped pattern on the legs. The barn funnel weaver spider is commonly encountered by humans; however, it rarely bites and its venom is not toxic to humans. On the other hand, the hobo spider (T. agrestis), is believed by many to have a harmful bite, though this is disputed. These spiders generally build a flat sheet-like web with a funnel shaped retreat at one end. These webs can become quite large if undisturbed. When prey stumbles into the web, the domestic house spider dashes out of the funnel and attacks it. These spiders are generally very active at night. They are not a seasonal spider and can be found year-round if their habitat is survivable. The Barn funnel weaver is commonly found in both Europe and most of the United States. It is thought to have been introduced into the Americas by British colonists who would have unwittingly provided it passage across the Atlantic.  (Info. Wikipedia)

Reply: Could be a Barn Funnel Weaver? http://bugguide.net/node/view/662092 - glen

23 December
, 2015:
Hi Glen, Learning a lot from your website, thank you! I spent hours on your site trying to identify the spider in the attached photos. I live in New England. I am thinking it is a barn funnel weaver although curious to get your thoughts. Thank you.

Reply: Maybe a Barn Funnel Weaver? http://bugguide.net/node/view/662092 -

15 July, 2013:
My fiance made me get it of the shower to catch this little guy, can you tell me what it is? My fiance made me get it of the shower to catch this little guy, can you tell me what it is?

Reply: Maybe a Barn Funnel Weaver too - glen

19 August, 2012:
I just stumbled across your site tonight and am so relieved. I have been finding a certain spider so often in our home over the last few years. It always comes out at night, is often in our bathtub or sinks, runs both away or towards us and runs like the devil! It is so big and I am terrified of it. Can you please tell me what it is and if I need to be concerned in anyway? We live in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada and we do have black widows here so that may give you some insight into our climate. Thanks so much! Amazing site - absolutely fascinating! Lily  

Reply: Maybe a Barn Funnel Weaver? http://bugguide.net/node/view/662092 - Laura

21 July, 2012:
hey, we found this little lady making a nice big funnel web on our cellar door, we live in south eastern ontario, to be honest I put her in the jar with no intent to keep her but got side tracked and forgot about her for almost three weeks, to my surprise she was still very alive and now has an egg sack in the jar, as you can see I have been feeding her, anywho we have not seen anything like her before and would love to know what it is! thanks vicki


23 December, 2011:
Hi - I would like some help identifying what type of spider this is. I looked online and found your website. We just moved from a condo in San Francisco to an older home in the Presidio in San Francisco, it is in San Francisco's national park. I found this spider in the basement, the basement is very clean, not damp but there was some access to the outdoors — probably how he/she got in. I would like to know if this is something I need to worry about because I have a 2 year old and 4 year old — plus a chocolate lab that like to eat things. We just moved here three days ago and I do have a bit of a spider phobia I am trying to get over so my kids don't feel the same way. Thanks for the help! Jennifer

4 August, 2011:
Found this huge spider crawling around my bathroom. My cat was eyeing it menacingly so I'm not sure what happened to him. Can you let me know what kind of spider it is? Also, I got bit by a spider on my stomach last week when I was tubing in the marsh on a river. I’m not sure what it was though. It had long legs and was sandy colored. The area around the bite was swollen, red, and itchy. The bite itself scabbed over and was flaky. I’ve been searching and searching for some sort of answer, but everything I’ve looked at says the only spiders that are poisonous in New Jersey are brown recluse and black widows. It looked like a recluse but was larger and I thought brown recluse bites are serious and cause necrosis. Just wondering if you could help! Thank you, Rebecca


Reply: I think it is  tegenaria domestica, the barn funnel weaving spider as well- glen

24 April, 2010:
Greetings, Glen! We found this spider in our bathroom in Raleigh NC. It's not that big, but has very defined markings. From the pics on your site, it seems it could be a fishing spider, but i didn't think we had them here. Do you recognize it? Your site is great!! Thank you! Mary


Reply: I think it is  tegenaria domestica, the barn funnel weaving spider - glen

8 April, 2010:
Hello, Could you tell me what kind of spider this is and if it is harmful? My cat was playing with it and could have been bit by it. Thank you!


Reply: I think it is  tegenaria domestica, the barn funnel weaving spider - glen
8 April, 2010:
I have been finding these quarter size, fairly fast moving spiders in my downstairs room. I live in a raised ranch in upstate NY (Niskayuna, NY to be specific), this room can be sometimes cooler and maybe a tad damp feeling. As you can see from the pictures they appear to be dark brown with some light banding on the legs and a marking on the body. My concern is are they poisonous, I have a 15 week old daughter and I'd hate to find one in her nursery! Any help to identify this would be much appreciated!!! Thanks for your time!!!! I apologize the pictures would have been clearer, but I was too afraid to get any closer! Jennifer Geographic Location of Bug: Niskayuna, NY - Upstate NY


Reply: I think it is  tegenaria domestica, the barn funnel weaving spider - glen

5 April, 2010:
Hi We live in Michigan and found one of these spiders in our daughter's bed, one in the living room and one in the garage. We are not sure what they are. Would you please try to identify it for us? Thank you for your attempt! Hope the pictures are suitable.


Reply from Justin: Glen, Thanks for the super prompt response!
It seems to be in-fact a barn funnel weaver spider. This is due to the color bands on his legs and the herringbone pattern. The dominate color is also darker resembleing the Tegenaria domestica instead of the hobo spider. This is a good thing because they are less aggressive and not as known to bite. My cat and I thank you for your help in identifying this spider.

Reply: It is either tegenaria domestica or duellica, not a hobo spider - glen

5 April, 2010:
Hello, Thanks for taking the time to look at my picture and possibly id this spider. I found him on the floor of my home in Rhode Island, USA. the other day. He can spin webs though, he is dark brown with light brown stripes on legs and pattern on mid body. He is about 1 inch in Diameter including legs. He is a quick runner. Thanks! Attached are the pictures. -Justin


5 September, 2009:
Hi Glenda: This spider was hanging out near my front door tonight (inside the house). He was in a dark tight spot and I couldn't see where he was under the cup so unfortunately the berber carpet claimed some of his legs when I collected him (the last few I caught were released outside). I think it's a Barn Funnel Weaving Spider. Once I got a good look at it I had to keep reminding myself that I don't live in an area that has Hobo Spiders! I was reassured when I read that they don't have bands on their legs like this one does. Photos taken in Southern NJ and free for anyone to use. Just me, Laura Lee.


3 February, 2006:
Hello, I found this spider in our bathtub this morning. I checked on your  website to see what kind it might be but I could not figure it out.  Could you possibly help? I'm sure it's probably very common and not poisonous but we just moved  in to this house and I am curious who we are sharing it with! Thanks so much and I apologize for the photo. I did not want to get too  close. We live in Upstate New York- if that helps.