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Barn Funnel Weaver Spider (Tegenaria domestica)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Barn Funnel Weaver Spider

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Often seen in basements across the world, the dark brown Barn Funnel Weaver is no threat, but it looks like one that might be.

Updated: 03/07/2022; Authored By ; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Barn Funnel Weaver may be dark brown, reddish-brown, and even have pale yellow on it. The abdomen is patterned with chevrons, and the cephalothorax has two dark lines on either side of the center. The long legs have a distinct black-brown banding pattern which are useful in identifying it. This small spider is often found inside and is also known as the Common House Spider. It hides in darks corners of cellars and basements and flees when sighted. It is not considered an aggressive spider and is not poisonous. Its natural habitat is on the ground in garden beds and log piles. It is a type of funnel-weaving spider that creates conical webs that ensnare insect prey.©InsectIdentification.org

Known Diet of the Barn-Funnel-Weaver-Spider

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General Characteristics

Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy

Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Arachnida
      Order: Araneae
        Family: Agelenidae
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          Genus: Tegenaria
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            Species: domestica

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Tegenaria domestica
Other Name(s): Common House Spider
Category: Spider
Size (Adult; Length): 5mm to 12mm (0.19" to 0.47")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; black; gray
Descriptors: stripes on legs; bands; chevron on abdomen; hairy; inside

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 5mm (0.2in) and 12mm (0.5in)
Lo: 5mm
Md: 8.5mm
Hi: 12mm

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Barn Funnel Weaver Spider may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Barn Funnel Weaver Spider. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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