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Agelenidae sp./funnel weaver spider after the rain.

Hololena santana, Araneae: Agelenidae. Funnel weavers are active and agile hunters, relying on both their vision and movement speed as well as web mechanisms.

I always thought these were wolf spiders. Though, the metaphor doesn't really hold up, unless you know of wolves that build a den for themselves and trap rabbits and gophers in a sticky web and then rush out of the den and bite the critters in the head.


Nay, this is a funnel-weaver spider, not to be confused with the funnel web spider, which apparently is an angry Australian animal. I swear, you people in Australia have a continent filled with angry, venomous beasts. All manner of crazy spiders and snakes. I'm surprised the wallabies don't have venom sacks and mandibles.


Anyway, these little funnel-weavers (or "grass spiders") are very shy. Reclusive, even though they're not recluses (whew). I had to sit there for a while just to get this shot.


A point of continuity -- this is the web two pics previous, the one with the glimmering dew all over it.



Body length (without legs): approx. 5 mm

Lens: Nikon CFI Plan Achromat 10x NA 0.25 on Raynox DCR 150 used as a tube lens

Number of shots: 199 @ 7.5um stepsize using an MJKZZ Qool Rail 250

Illumination: DIY lighting tunnel (360 x SMD led type 2216 + diffuser) + DIY lighting tunnel controller

Edit: Helicon focus, Photoshop CC, Lightroom C

Scene: staged

This is a small "studio" setup I used for photographing the spinnerets of this Western Spotted Orb Weaver (Neoscona oaxacensis) found on the porch of our cottage in Texas. The spider was captured and placed in this plastic bowl with a few leaves to serve as anchor points for web construction. The cover was gently placed (not tightly snapped) on top, then the bowl was set aside in a quiet place for several hours. Later, lifting the cover revealed enough web built to allow the spider to hang suspended in a position to allow access to her spinnerets. She remained in this position without moving as the bowl was carefully relocated to the kitchen table for photographing. The use of a small translucent container allows for a high degree of light modification and adjustment by placing small pieces of paper around the outside of the container to redirect light from the flash onto areas that would otherwise be too dark.

Viewing at a larger size, you can see the small "glue patches" created by the spider rubbing her spinnerets against the smooth wall of the container. These served as secure anchor points from which to run single strands of silk to the leaves, allowing her to create a place to hang upside-down. The Funnel Weaver Spider presently in my terrarium has used the same "trick" to hang her egg case and suspend areas of sheet web. Smooth glass has no structure to facilitate silk strand anchoring, but application of silk "sticky patches" through spinneret rubbing solves that problem.




Nikon D40, home-made Minolta-Nikon adapter, Minolta MC Tele Rokkor-QD 135 mm f/3.5 lens (set at infinity), with the objective from a Cimko MI Series 75-200mm zoom lens reverse mounted on the Rokkor. Lighting provided by a Nikon SB-23 Speedlight flashed through a home-made bowl diffuser.


I Found this funnel weaver spider at my sister's house, brought her home and put her in a terrarium already prepped in anticipation of finding a late-in-the-season spider to test a new lens acquisition... a Rokkor 135mm f 3.5. I put together a home-made Minolta / Nikon-F adapter which enables use of Minolta lenses on a Nikon DSLR, but makes focusing at infinity impossible. By locking the aperture pin in the lens mount in the "diaphragm-open" position (regardless of lens opening setting), using a tiny craft store wooden spring-type clothespin, the lens can be used like a conventional "stop-down" metering lens. Framing and focusing the image is done with the aperture wide open, then the lens depth of field preview button is pressed to stop down to the pre-set shooting aperture, and the shutter is tripped as soon as possible. Focusing is done manually by moving the camera forward and backwards.



I really have to stop with all of these insect macro shots, but my new Holga Turret lens makes it so fun and easy! This is a Funnel Weaver Spider, captured last Saturday with my Holga Turret lens mounted on my Sony A7S II.

Arachtober 22nd, Funnel Weaver Spider, Family Agelenidae - Funnel Weavers, Genus Agelenopsis - Grass Spiders - eating a gob of goo.

I tried teasing the fellow out of its web it and it fell to the ground. I love those two white ghost-like legs. Shedding?


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These little spiders are so reclusive that I felt really lucky to get this photo of this one.

Funnel weaver spider taken with a Nikkor Micro 200/1:4


Nikon D40, 200mm Micro-Nikkor f/4.5 AI-S lens focused at infinity, aperture f:32, with a 38mm f:1.9 Soligor Elitar lens from an 8mm movie camera reverse mounted on the 200mm. Flash lighting from a Nikon SB-23 speedlight bounced off foil reflectors.


The arrival of September and cooler evenings brings an increase in the number of male funnel weaver spiders that decide to explore my basement looking for females. There are definitely more ladies outside than in, but that doesn't seem to matter. I found this guy on my basement wall, captured him in a small plastic food container and examined him under a 40x stereo microscope. He had evidently been in and out of the kitty litter box because he was dusted with "Feline Pine", my picky cat's choice of litter box filler. Wanting to get some close-up pics, I put him through the same cleaning procedure I used on a wolf spider several years ago... but this time without complete success. Here he's in the cup after removing all but one last stubborn piece of litter that was stuck firmly to one eye. I was using a probe made from a cat whisker taped to a toothpick, along with a small blower bulb. This worked well in the past, and the plastic cup did a good job of preventing him from sprinting away. But... the harder I worked to remove that last bit, the more frantic his panicky movements became. Long minutes of him jumping, tumbling, and skittering around the cup while dodging the whisker yielded nothing. The speck of litter was seemingly super-glued in place. I decided to try to "chill him out" by putting him in the fridge for few minutes. I really didn't like doing that, but there was no other option available if I wanted to get a good shot... without resorting to removing it in Photoshop. A few minutes later he was in the cup under the scope and I was positioning him for good access to the stubborn piece of litter. The tall sides of the cup were preventing a "low angle" attempt to pry it off with the whisker, so I moved him to a food container lid, its low lip giving me a much better shot at removing the speck. A very slow movement of the tip of one leg should have prompted me to hurry. With one leg held gently in needle-tip tweezers and the cat whisker just about to touch the speck, he "exploded" into life. My view of him through the scope was far larger than what you see in this pic, so his abruptly coming to full violently animated life was enough to cause me to lurch backwards away from the bench. Although I like photographing spiders, I really don't want them on me or in my clothes. Looking quickly around, I found he had bolted from the lid, the very low sides not even slowing him down, and was just disappearing off the end of the bench where it nearly touches the wall. Twenty minutes of hunting for him on my hands and knees with a flashlight turned up nothing. Hours later I found him on a notebook and immediately chucked him in a terrarium I keep ready for visiting spiders.


Certain spiders have modified hairs closely resembling feathers on their body somewhere. Here, tiny "feathers' are visible just below the eye with the speck of kitty litter stuck on it. The best view is at the largest size.



Found hiding in a mass of webs on an old garage door

This guy was hanging out in the rosemary

We were hoping this was one of the funnel weaving wolf spiders, but it is a beautiful, large agelenid.

Found this one struggling with a Funnel Weaver Spider, i got the spider off of it but it didn't last to long after that.

Silver Ridge 4-28-09


The barn funnel weaver spider

A funnel weaver spider (of Agelenidae family)

funnel weaver spider agelenopsis

Taken at Crockford bridge, New Forest.

Not to be confused with the Australian "Funnel-Web Spider" (whose bite is potentially fatal for humans) this guy is non-aggressive and will flee if he can. His bite is about the level of a serious bee sting in most cases, but it is best to avoid him if you can.


This particular one built his funnel on top of the wood pile I keep out back for the fireplace in winter. Going out into the dark to fetch an extra log for the fire on a cold night... better wear gloves next time.


The entrance to his bunker is about 1 cm across.

Agelenidae, The Funnel Weaver Spider having lunch on its funnel web

Funnel-weaver spider (Agelenopsis sp) at home in Wunderlich Park in Woodside, California

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This is what is hiding at the end of those funnel-like webs you see on the ground and in shrubs. They're also called Grass Spiders (Agelenopsis spp.). For some reason, this one was not in a web and ran up onto a fallen leaf as I was walking. It's about a half inch long from front legs to back.


MLK Shoreline RP, Oakland, CA

To many flowers in my 365, so here's a spider. This little guy lives in a secluded garage corner there is plethora of different spiders to choose from for a portrait. This is a funnel weaver spider and if you leave it alone and let it live, they can live for up to 7 years.

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