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Agelenidae Agelenopsis sp.

Order: Araneae

Family: Agelenidae (Funnel Weavers)

Genus: Agelenopsis (Grass Spiders)

The carapace is yellow to brown, with darker bands running along the length, ending at the lateral eyes (see picture). The abdomen is gray or brown, with a lighter streak running down the center. The spinnerets are quite long, protruding noticeably beyond the end of the abdomen (see picture).

Temperate, grassy areas.

Agelenidae spin a fairly flat sheet of web with a tube or funnel (see picture) coming off one edge. The spider waits inside the funnel until vibrations caused by trapped prey are felt. The spider crosses the web, bites its prey, and brings it back to the funnel. Agelenopsis build their webs in the grass, or sometimes in bushes or fences. The web is not adhesive, but acts as a net to catch flying insects.

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Last updated 12/13/2004