Grass Spider ~ Agelenopsis Species

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Grass Spiders (Agelenopsis spp.) is comprised of 13 species collectively found throughout most of the U.S. and southern Canada. Like all members of the funnel weaver family, they spin thick, non-sticky, sheet-like webs with a funnel-like retreat where the spider hides and waits for the next meal to fall in the hole.

This one decided my paper roll was a great foundation for a home. It just needed a few web upgrades, but mostly move-in ready. I like grass spiders,  they take-out many other annoying insects. Even their webs are fairly easy clean-up as they aren’t sticky like other spider webs. When they are outside, a shot from the blower takes care of them. I usually wait for the autumn to be over and these guys have died off before I condemn the property tho! Grass spiders only live one year. They are born in the spring from an egg laid last winter.

Grass Spiders, like most spiders, inject their prey with venom. But no worries, their venom cannot be injected into humans because their fangs are not large  enough to pierce human skin. However, to small insects and other prey of this spider, their venom is very deadly.

 

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© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

23 thoughts on “Grass Spider ~ Agelenopsis Species

  1. that’s good to know that they can’t bite humans… otherwise my momma would enter any meadow in a protection suit. btw: we have egg-stremely monster spiders here, who attack your fingers. one bit my mom, there where two burning& red bitemarks on her finger.. but she survived lol

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    • Yikes!!! Glad your staff didn’t need an amputation!! 😉
      Spiders near my home are fairly wimpy biters. Even if you do get a bite, it just itches like a skeeter bite. That is one awesome thing about really cold winters, we seem to have less things than can bite or kill you. Well, except for bears, wolves and moose! At least you see those guys coming, not like a tropical spider hiding in your shoe. 😯

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