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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