Grass Spiders are common sights throughout North American summers and belong to a family of Funnel Web Weavers. Males are smaller than females. What gives these little arachnids their namesake is the web funnels that they create in the grass or in crevices of buildings, fences or low-lying foliage. Unknowing insects can wander into the opening of the funnel and become entangled, triggering telegraph lines for the spider to respond to. The speedy Grass Spider can then pounce on the prey and eat it at its leisure. Grass Spiders will lay their eggs sacs against trees or other supportive structures and ultimately yield a bounty of hatchlings that will scurry about and build individual nests apart from one another by the Spring.
Common name: Grass Spider
Scientific Name: Agelenopsis spp.
Other Names: Funnel Spider
Adult Size (Length): 15mm to 20mm (0.59in to 0.79in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: yellow; gray; brown; ivory
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
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