Funnel weaver spiders are generally brownish or grayish spiders with a body typically ranging from1/3 to 2/3-inch when full grown. They have four pairs of eyes that are roughly the same size. The legs and body are hairy and legs usually have some dark banding. They are often mistaken for wolf spiders (Lycosidae family) but the size and pattern of eyes can most easily distinguish them. Like wolf spiders, the funnel weavers are very fast runners.
While not commonly encountered in some areas, this species is found throughout most of the United States, most notably in sheds and barns, around and in the crevices of doors, as well as in the cracks of rock faces and under rocks and boards.
Biology & Behavior
Funnel weavers are medium sized spiders varying from 1/8 inch to 3/4 inch in length. Their funnel webs are easily seen on lawns in late summer. Funnel weavers may also inhabit corners of cellars or outbuildings. Egg sacks are often laid in a cocoon that remains attached to the web.