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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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26 January, 2014:
Hey glen I was wondering if you could identity this spider for me. I found it near the beach on Long Island.

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26 January, 2014:
What kind is this

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Reply: This is a female grass spider - glen

19 December 2013:  
Hi, can you ID this spider for me? It was on the wall of my basement. I'm pretty arachnophobic, so the closest I got to it, was as far as my zoom lens would allow me to get from it while still getting a good shot. Even my wife (who is normally my spider hero) was afraid to get near it). Please let me know if you can. Thanks, Ian

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 30 October, 2013:
 

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 11 October, 2013:
This doesn't look like the other wolf spiders here...

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 11 October, 2013:
 Spider in Web, Wagoner County, Oklahoma

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Reply: That is a great shot and no I haven't ever seen anything like the black rings before!! Click for a closeup - glen

 27 September, 2013:
Here's a grass spider from my yard in Oklahoma. I haven't seen any photos showing these 2 black rings on the front. Is this typical?

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Reply: Here looks another photo from Gwen where the male has those black rings!! This is a grass spider/funnel weaver and I doubt it would have caused the wound on your poor dog. Click for a closeup - glen

 27 September, 2013:
Hello back in April our standard poodle was bitten by what the vet said looked like a brown recluse spider however I've heard we don't have the recluse in San Diego. This photo is her wound after the necrotic tissue came off. We searched near her beds and such for potential culprits but never found any 'bad' spiders inside the house. Then yesterday this spider was found on our 2 month old's blanket! I think it's a funnel spider but want to make sure it's not a Hobo Spider which would explain the bite our poodle had. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Gwen

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 27 September, 2013:
What kind of spider is this? Found it in the bushes in my back yard. I thought it looked like a wolf spider, but I thought they hunted on the ground (no webs). This guy has a big web in the bushes. Thanks.

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 27 September, 2013:
Found this little guy sitting by the drain plug of the bathroom sink. It was super still and let me take a bunch of pictures. Wolf spider, funnel weaver, or grass spider? Need to reassure someone else living here that it isn't a brown recluse! It's little eyeballs looks like a snail's eyes! Thank you, Amy

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 27 September, 2013:
This spider was happily building a funnel based web in the iris----look at the bottom left of the image at the little spider-lunch, opportunistic feeder in the web, hatchling or mate use as you like and share Ellen

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 27 September, 2013:
We found this guy living in the tree in front of our yard... Not sure if it is as bad as it looks... So turning to the web to help identify it... Let me know your thoughts thanks JR

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 27 September, 2013:
What kind is this

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 27 September, 2013:
Glen, I have dozens of these in my pine tree and bushes, can't seem to find any info on them, they are very fast and out all day and night. From small to large. Thanks, Kevin(Buffalo NY)

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 27 September, 2013:
Hello! I was hoping you could identify this spider for me. Thank you. Its in Michigan if that matters at all.

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 27 September, 2013:
Good evening Glen, I emailed you a few weeks ago about a spider. I found another one and its still alive, I'm wondering if you might be able to confirm its not poisonous so I may let it go, I appreciate your help!-Joe

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 27 September, 2013:
Can you or anyone please identify this spider? I'm in the area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA This photo was taken on September 23. The spider is over 2 inches large. This is on the door exterior door frame of the entrance to my apartment building. It's been there two days. Below it, you can see what I'm guessing may be a sac containing eggs, but I don't know. Again, I'd estimate it to be over two inches. I've never seen one that big. Can you help identify what type it is -- and can you tell me if its taking up residence (and perhaps nesting with eggs) on the entrance to our building should be of concern? Thanks.

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 27 September, 2013:
Hi! Hopefully these pictures are clear enough, I used my phone to take them. I've found a few of these in our basement (mostly finished basement, not dank and wet but darker in some areas). They move pretty quick! I haven't found them in a web but I have been finding some new types of webs we don't normally find in the house so maybe they are the ones making them? The webs are kind of big and wispy, almost like cotton candy. They don't seem to be as neat or sturdy as what I think of spiders making. I am located in Minnesota/US. (Please disregard the curly string on the spider in a few photos, there was a bit of crafting twine in the bin it crawled over and dragged with it, that wasn't part of the spider's body). I hope you are able to identify this spider (it freaks me out!). Thank you for taking the time to read this. Leeann

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4 August, 2013:
Based on the lovely funnel shaped web on my desk and the 4 eyes above and 4 below, I think it is a funnel web spider. The pics are of the exoskeleton left after molting and the second is from inside out the 8 eyes. one of these 3 species: Calilena arizonica, Hololena hola, Novalena lutzi cheers gale

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 24 June, 2013:
Glen, I live in southern California, east of San Diego. I saw this Spider a few days ago, mid June 2013. Our climate in this area is pretty hot and dry this time of year. I was pulling weeds along the foundation of my home, and this spider seemed to come out of a small hole in the ground near the bottom of the foundation. It moved very fast (compared to what I normally see spiders move) and quickly climbed up the stucco wall of my house. It was about three inches from foot to opposite foot, and the body is approx the size of my thumb. I posted it on my FB Page, which caused an argument. People were saying it is a Wolf spider, a California Wolf Spider, a Garden Spider, and a Grass spider. Do you recognize this spider? Thank you for any help! I have never seen anything this big around my house before, and I am fascinated with it! Tami

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1 April, 2013:
From looking at your pictures on your web site. I am assuming this is a Funnel Weaving Grass Spider. Am I correct?

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15 January, 2013:
Photo taken this morning on my porch. (funnel weaver?) ?

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16 November, 2012:
Is this a better image to identify ?

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16 November, 2012:
I live in southern New Jersey, and this is the second spider of its kind that we have found in our house. Could you tell me what it is and if its dangerous. We have two babies in our home, and we are afraid the spider will bite them. Thank You, Amy

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2 November, 2012:
Love the website! Very informative and great pictures. My wife found a large spider in our living room and after looking at your pictures and info I think it's a grass spider but wanted to be sure it wasn't a recluse, can you please confirm this to put my wife and daughters mind at ease? Thanks so much! Corey

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2 November, 2012:
Hello I was on your website trying to identify the spider as shown in the attachment here. My findings says its a wolf spider. But my wife says that the tail end of the spider is too narrow and not round. Your thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you Danny s

 

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2 November, 2012:
I was curious if you knew what these types of spiders were. It seems there are 2 different kinds in the same web. They were in my front yard garden their web was on top of the flower pot with a little bit of cardboard on it. I live in South Jersey about 25 minutes from Philadelphia United States. I took this picture on October first of today. Thank you. God bless you.

 

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2 November, 2012:
Hello, My name is Tim and I am from Long Island, NY. I found this creature in my bathroom behind me while I was doing my business. Yikes! Anyways, I've been curious ever since, and need to know the type of spider that it is/was. Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Tim

 

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2 November, 2012:
Western Pennsylvania, in my shed, pretty big

 

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2 November, 2012:
Can you please identify this spider

 

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2 November, 2012:
I found a big ugly spider in my home, if I send you a picture, can you tell me what it is?? Thank you, Susan

 

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2 November, 2012:
What are the attached spiders? From comparing in your sight, I'm leaning at Parsons. I see these unusually often in my garage and basement. The photos attached are two different spiders. One photo shows the 1.5" wide stronger for the basement steps, you can tell that these are at least 3.5-4" tip to tip. Scary! Feel free to edit, modify, share or do as you wish with the photos. Larry, Baden, Pa. 15005 20 miles north/west of Pittsburgh.

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2 November, 2012:
I found this group of spiders together on the side of my house around Charlottesville, VA and am wondering what kind they are? I was guessing Wolf Spider but they actually attached what looked like egg sacks to the side of the house. There were 4-5 together 2 with the web bundles attached to the house. They are about the size of a half to silver dollar including legs. The next day I only saw a couple of the spiders in that area of the house. Thanks, Chris

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Reply: No it's not a hobo it is a grass spider - glen 

25 September, 2012:
Hi, I found this guy running across the floor in my son's bedroom. This is the second one that I have caught in a week that looks like this. I have not found any webs in our home but I haven't done any serious hunting yet either. From the pictures I've looked at, it looks to me like a funnel weaver spider. I have also had a couple of people tell me it is a hobo spider, but from what I understand its hard to tell if it is or not without taking a magnifying glass to it. My big concern is whether or not this is a venomous spider and harmful to humans. The first one I found crawled out from under my son's pillow right as I was putting him to sleep and this one was close to the bed as well. Any clarification as to what this spider is would be much appreciated! We live on the Eastern side of WA state. Thank you! Amber

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Reply: This is a grass spider - glen 

25 September, 2012:
We have seen several of these spiders in and around our home in eastern PA. Can you identify it for us? This one was on our patio door.

 

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Reply: This is a grass spider - glen 

25 September, 2012:
Hi! Can you please tell me what kind of spider this is and is it dangerous? I live on Long Island, NY. Thanks!

 

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Reply: No. this is a grass spider - glen 

8 September, 2012:
Is this a wolf spider? Thanks! Morenci, MI, USA

 

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Reply: This is a grass spider - glen 

8 September, 2012:
This is right outside my door in Northern Illinois. I have been finding these every where in my home! any ideas? Tiffany

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Reply: This is a grass spider - glen 

8 September, 2012:
I live in Indiana and this was found in my tub. Can you help me find out what kind it is? Thanks Brooke

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Reply: This is a grass/funnel weaver spider and is not dangerous- glen

2 September, 2012:
We found it in the window, is it dangerous? We are in Lower Michigan.

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Reply: This is a grass/funnel weaver spider too. Looks a lot like a wolf spider but has those long spinnerets typical of the grass spider  - glen

26 August, 2012:
This was on the floor in a dental office on Cape Cod. Is it a house spider? About 3" long.

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Reply: This is a grass/funnel weaver spider  - glen

26 August, 2012:
We have these all over outside our home. With the legs they range in size from dime to fifty cent piece size. We live in Wisconsin so I'm not sure what this would be. I think this resembles a brown recluse, but my husband doesn't think it is. Any ideas? Amanda

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Reply: This is a grass/funnel weaver spider  - glen

19 August, 2012:
Here's another photo, but I'm not sure if it's any better. It sort of curled up when the flash went off. Thanks, Rob

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Reply: This is a grass/funnel weaver spider  - glen

19 August, 2012:
Is this a fishing spider or a funnel spider? Rochester ny

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22 July, 2012:
Hi Glen I found this one in my house what is it ? Best regards peter

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Reply: This is a grass spider  - glen

11 March, 2012:
Hey Glen i came across your site I was hoping you could help me identify this kind of spider for me? I live on long island, about 45 minutes east of manhattan, and its the middle of february. I found it in my driveway just being still, did not seem to react when i got close to photograph it, it was maybe a little less than 4 inches long from leg tip to tip ( my measurements may be slightly off) .. ive seen this only once before during the summer under my pool cover, and now again in the winter. Its cool i hope it sticks around but, what is it?

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11 March, 2012:
Hi Glen Yea it is a male. I’ve manage to identify it through the help on your site. Attached is a photo. The quality is not the best. He is 12mm without the legs and the spin ’tools’. I’ve put him in a better container – 14cmX9cm X 6cm high. My questions: 1. Is my identification correct? 2. Do you think he is fully grown? 3. What will he eat other than flies? 4. Do I need to put anything else in the container for him – plants or stones? Thank you Jaco

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Reply: Could be a grass spider - glen

14 January, 2012:
Hello, I attached a photo of a bugger I found around my house. I've seen at least 4 or 5 of these things around. From what I could find online I was fairly certain it was a hobo spider, but thought it might also be a house spider?? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and cheers, Alex

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