Hacklemesh Weaver (Callobius spp.)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Hacklemesh Weaver.
Updated: 9/5/2014; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Hacklemesh Weaver spider builds a tangled mess of spider silk into a fluffy web that traps insects.
This small brown spider is sometimes mistaken for a Brown Recluse, but it lacks the dark 'violin' silhouette. In addition, Hacklemesh Weavers have a lighter pattern of chevrons on their abdomen not seen in the Brown Recluse. Like almost every North American spider, it is venomous, but it is not poisonous like the Recluse. Hacklemesh Weavers are not aggressive.
They are small spiders that build silken webs that they tease out into a big mass with one of their legs, like a hair stylist with a comb. Unlike orb weavers whose intricate spiral strands create an almost invisible web, hacklemesh webs lack symmetry and design. Despite their lack of elegance, they are still quite effective at catching insect prey.
Hacklemesh Weavers can be found in woodlands under stones and logs, on tree bark or on branches. They sometimes wander into basements and cellars to make a home.