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Spider Photos - Funnel Weaver/Grass Spiders

Funnel weaver spiders (Agelenidae) closely resemble wolf spiders and the males sometimes resemble hobo spiders.  They can usually be distinguished from wolf spiders because wolf spiders do not build webs.  Funnel weavers are also usually lighter in build than wolf spiders.  Many common funnel weaver are also characterized by having very bristly legs.  Most are brown, with gray, black, and tan markings.  Like all spiders, funnel weavers have 8 legs, 2 body parts (cephalothorax and abdomen), and no antennae. All spiders in this family have 8 eyes. They may be recognized by the arrangement of their eight eyes into three rows. The top row has two eyes, the middle row has four eyes, and the bottom row has two eyes (spaced wider than the ones on the top row). They also have two prominent hind spinnerets, and somewhat indistinct bands on their legs. Normally spiders spinnerets cannot be easily seen without turning the spider over but in grass spiders they are quite prominent. The males also have large pedipalps which are prominent. These spiders are commonly called "Grass Spiders" because they build funnel-shaped webs, which are not sticky, close to the ground.  The spider hides in the narrow end of this funnel, which is usually protected by leaves or rocks.  When an insect, spider, or other small creature crosses the wide end of the funnel, the spider feels the vibration and rushes out to grab the prey.  Funnel weaver and grass spiders are incredibly quick, and can dash from the protected part of their web to the other end at lightning speed. Funnel weaver and grass spiders are beneficial predators.  They very rarely leave their webs, so they don't often enter homes.  They will only bite if provoked, and are not considered dangerous. Their venom is hemotoxic but is much less than severe than the Brown Recluse. The most common symptoms are local swelling, redness and itching. All photos are copyright to their owners and may not be reproduced without permission. Please choose a section.

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Reply: I think this is a grass spider too because of the long spinnerets - glen

14 November, 2011:
Hi Glen, Hoping you can identify this spider that I found in our basement. Not sure if it's a hobo, wolf, or a funnel spider...or something else altogether. Please help! Thanks, Jaime from MD

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Reply: I think this is a grass spider as well because of the long spinnerets - glen

14 November, 2011:
Hi- I live in Nashville, Tennessee and I found the attached spider in the corner of my swimming pool. Oddly it is the exact same spot where I extracted a black widow the week prior. This guy (or girl) was hiding behind some leaves in a thick web. I thought it may be a wolf spider but am unsure- the large stinger like thing and the stripes are throwing me off. Any help with ID'ing is appreciated! I am terrified of spiders but like to know what is in my yard, as I have little dogs that run around. Thanks, Kira

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Reply: No, I think this is a grass spider because of the long spinnerets - glen

14 November, 2011:
Wolf spider?

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Reply: This is a toss up between a wolf spider and a grass spider. Cheryl says: "Upon further research I find that it is a funnel web spider: Here is the link!" - glen

30 October, 2011:
Hi there! This kind of spider seems to be the kind we find all over our Colorado house. I just want to be sure it isn't something to sorry about. Do you know what it is? Thanks so much! -- Cheryl L

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26 October, 2011:
Hi Glen, I have about 6 of these very large spiders living on the side of my house, that Iíve seen. They are very fast and hang out on the webs. When I get too close (to take a picture) sometimes they scurry under the siding. They have built webs on my siding as shown. I took a couple of pictures to get different angles and such. My initial thought is that they are grass spiders but now Iím not so sure. I first noticed them a few weeks ago. What type of spider is this? Also, I live in the cityÖnot surrounded by woods. Thank you! Andrea Albany, NY

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Reply: Yes it looks like a funnel weaver/grass spider - glen
22 October, 2011:
My Oklahoma yard has been magical the last few days after a rainfall (we needed it) and dewy mornings. I took these two photos of the spider webs that dotted the yard and need some help with identification. Is this a Funnel Weaver/Grass Spider? What happens to them when snow comes? Just curious. Sue

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22 October, 2011:
Glen, I live in the high mountains of Colorado and bought a lucky bamboo plant that had been kept outdoors this summer. Living inside the plastic tube used as a center support for the bamboo shoots lives a grass spider. It seemed to do ok living in the plant, which I would place outside on warm days. Those days are gone now and I can only find an occasional fly to feed it, like today. Iíve tried to keep some fruit flies storing some old fruit next to the plant, but I think they are too small to make much of a meal. I was wondering if there is something that I can buy to feed this spider. Would mealy worms work? Iíve read that these spiders donít live long and usually die after laying an egg lens or when it gets cold. I donít think she has mated, since Iíve never seen a grass spider at 9000 feet. Has anyone kept one as a pet, inside? Thanks, Zard

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15 October, 2011:
A couple pictures of an interesting spider in the children's playhouse in Tennessee. The first picture is a close-up of the spider after he was frightened from his web where he had been hiding. The second is a picture of him in his web. Do you know what kind of spider this is? Melody

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11 October, 2011:
This is a huge spider i found on our home here in Newberry SC.....from what I can tell on the identifier, it looks to be a HUGE brown widow....is it? The outside of my home is infested with black widows, but Iv never run across this one till today. Home was built in the woods 2 years ago and I still have to do weekly sweeps to kill the black widows who love under the deck and porches.

 

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Reply: This is a grass spider  - glen

6 October, 2011:
Hi Glen, a few more spidy to ID. Unfortunately number 2 become the victim of my cat. These 2 spiders seem to look the same type looking at their patterns. I see these spiders a lot in my apartment in different shades of brown from beige like these to very dark nearly black brown. sometimes they have the poky antenna things sometimes they have a round drum stick like one. These I use a bug vacum for that does not hurt them then I move them out of may apartment after a photo op. ;):)  Thank you for your help and knowledge, Se

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5 October, 2011:
Hi Glen, We live in southeast Michigan, USA, and just moved into a new house. We have many of these spiders around and I was wondering what kind they are and if they are any threat to our family and animals. I took this picture when I found one in our laundry tub. Any help would be great! Thanks, Tracey

 

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Reply: This is a grass spider/funnel weaver but not T.Gigantea. Nice pics, thanks- glen

28 September, 2011:
Hi Glen, Here are the rest of the Barn Funnel Weaver/T. Gigantea (?) pics from my previous e-mail - just wanted to make sure I didn't put too many in one e-mail. There are about 5 or 6 distinct spiders which are all roughly 3/4" to , plus a few small males. Not sure whether these are Best, Dave

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Reply: Probably a male and female funnel weaver - glen

18 September, 2011:
hi, i am in a small town in north eastern Ontario Canada. I've seen a few of these spiders coming around, more and more over the weeks... they have many types of nests and webs, we have flushed some off the porch while doing a pressure wash to remove paint, but have recently come across this (Pair?) there is an egg sac attatched to the roof under the female, and the male seems to be just sitting around, any id would be great thank you so much

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Reply: Probably a funnel weaver, nice closeup - glen

11 September, 2011:
Glen, I took this picture about a week ago. Not sure if this is a wolf or funnel weaver. It was on a web on my house with a funnel like entrance behind a downspout. The spider is reared up showing its fangs encountering an ant I through on the web to bring it out from behind the downspout. Jerry

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11 September, 2011:
Hi Glen, I am horrified by spiders! I have been since I was a kid, nightmares and all. I just found this spider in my house, sitting on living room wall. I am so creeped out, cannot go back to sleep. I would be so grateful if you were able to identify, not that it will lessen my creeps, but I have a 6 year old who happen to fall asleep on the floor tonight and he was only about 4 feet from creepy spider!!!! Thank you, Terri

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11 September, 2011:
Found this one when I got home! Funnel weaver? Giant house spider?

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3 September, 2011:
Hello my name is John. This spider, which is attached in the photo came in a shipment of bananas from Costa Rica where I work. There's no telling it came from Costa Rica, but was definitely crawling on bananas inside the case. Thanks

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3 September, 2011:
Hello! I found this spider (and named it herman, lol) near my trash can outside. I think it might be a funnel web spider, but I thought I'd check seeing how similar ones have been found in the house... This particular one has been really interesting. He only has seven legs, but still moves at lightning speed... I like throwing ants on his web to watch him run out ;) Thanks so much! - Kate (Michigan)

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3 September, 2011:
Picture taken at 4 am in bathroom sink in Indiana. Thanks form any help obama what kind of spider this is.

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3 September, 2011:
Ok the first spider shot was taken late august in the evening in our basement in southern Ontario. These things have been popping up a lot over the last couple of weeks 4 so far all about the size of a silver dollar or more and all the same colour pattern. This shot was taken beside the dryer. They are quite quick and agile and seem to be fairly aggressive when disturbed. My wife is a legitimate agoraphobic and Im worried a spider this size can actually do some harm ??

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28 August, 2011:
Hey, I found your website while trying to identify a very large spider I found in my house. Your website was a great resource!! Based on the information and pictures on your website, I think I have identified it as a funnel weaver/grass spider. I took a great picture of it and thought you might like it, see attached. My townhouse in Virginia has been infested with spiders and it's starting to get on my nerves. However, this is by far the largest that I have found so far and it freaked me out. I'm glad my girl didn't find it before I did. Thanks for the great resource, Scott-

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4 August, 2011:
went out for a walk, got some photos of some neat spiders... not sure on ID.  the other... a lot look similar but i think he is a grass spider, and he was a large guy! again, if you'd like to use my photos, go right ahead... I am trying to get better with the picture taking and IDing too. (?), photo 3 is the grass spider,  Sincerely, Casey

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1 August, 2011:
Hi: Mi name is Miguel Castro and I leave in Tijuana, Baja California, Mťxico. I am really hoping you can help me identify this spider because I have a 10 month old daughter and donít want to risk her well beingÖ this might just be a grass spider according to your website and otherÖ I just want to make sure itís not a Hobo or even a Wolf spider. Thank you in advance

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Reply: I think this is a grass spider but I can't see the long spinnerets that are typical of this species. The other spider it resembles is a rabid wolf spider but its legs are a bit fine - glen

17 April, 2011:
Glen, Could you possibly tell me what kind of spider this is? We've found 8-10 inside our home since we bought it 2 months ago. We live in southern middle TN.
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24 July, 2011:
New to shooting spiders... This the only shot I could get before he ran away.

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Reply: I think this is a grass spider but I can't see the long spinnerets that are typical of this species. The other spider it resembles is a rabid wolf spider but its legs are a bit fine - glen

17 April, 2011:
Glen, Could you possibly tell me what kind of spider this is? We've found 8-10 inside our home since we bought it 2 months ago. We live in southern middle TN.
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6 April, 2011:
Glen, Here is a male Funnel Weaver/Grass Spider. Jerry

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12 December, 2010:
Spider identification help please

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25 September, 2010:
Hi Glen, My son found these webs & spiders on the side of the house. Thanks to your website, we are pretty confident they are grass spiders. My question is: How many live in each funnel web? I know you say they are harmless, but they still have me creeped out! Thanks, Michelle & Adam

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10 September, 2010:
Can you help identify this?

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10 September, 2010:
Hello Glen, My son just found this spider in our backyard in NJ. Do you have any idea what kind of spider it is? It's about 3/4"-1" long. Thanks so much for any help! Courtney

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15 August, 2010:
Hi, I took this photo a few days ago in South Central Kentucky. It is a great photo, you can use it as you wish. Thanks, Renee

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31 July, 2010:
Hello again I have another spider question. Just a recap I live in southern Indiana and found this spider hiding in a box of cereal bars. I was able to get a few pictures of it. I thank you for the last time you and I thank you for any light you can shine on this type of spider. The size of this one was about the size of a quarter, but we mostly find smaller spiders like this one. Thank you very much, Andrew

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Reply: Could be a funnel web weaver - glen

28 June, 2010:
Spider that I can't identify

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26 April, 2010:
Glen, Here are some pictures of the spider i was telling you about. I hope this helps you identify it. I found it in the garage while I was moving some boxes. Again I live in Jacksonville North Carolina which is considered a coastal region. I have seen several funnel weavers and black widows around my property so i just want to make sure these are poisoness. Thanks for your help, Angela

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3 January, 2010:
Hi Glen, Great website -- thanks. Here's a couple of spiders that I can't identify from my yard. I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I apologize for the lack of clarity in my pictures, I'm still learning to use the macro setting on my camera. The spider on my back "porch" was very shy -- this was the best I could get. The "porch" is just a wooden platform about 6 inches high, 3 feet wide and about 2 feet deep, as a step down from the house, and sits on concrete. This spider was there all summer, and the web got pretty big, as you can see by the leaf in the foreground and embedded in the web closer to the spider. Those are the eyes glowing. I've attached one photo that shows a longer view, so you can see the scale of size. The other one was in my garden, and the body is not very big -- maybe about the diameter of a pea, or a little smaller. And.. I believe I've identified the last spider correctly, as a grass spider, thanks to your website. Let me know if I'm wrong! Thanks for your help. -- Sue

Reply: These  are grass spiders/ funnelweavers  - glen

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