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Funnel Weaver Spider


Actual Size: ⅓ – ⅔”  when fully grown.

Characteristics: Mottled brownish or greyish in color with longitudinal stripes.

Legs: 8

Habitat: Constructs funnel-shaped webs in dark areas, such as flower beds, woodpiles, and secluded corners inside structures.


  • Also referred to as “grass spiders” and often mistaken for wolf spiders.
  • Webs are shaped more like a megaphone, or the bell of a trumpet.
  • When present in homes, they are sometimes misidentified as brown recluse spiders.

Funnel Weaver Spiders in Salina

Funnel spiders are easily identified by their funnel-shaped webs. These spiders are also called grass spiders because they construct webs in tall grass, heavy ground cover, and in the branches of thick shrubbery. Found throughout Salina, funnel weaver webs are not necessarily sticky, but they are designed for maximum escape difficulty. Once the prey is trapped, the funnel weaver spider can quickly crawl over and inject it with venom. Occasionally, these spiders may venture into homes in search of prey or mates.

Funnel Weaver Habitat

Funnel weaver spider webs have a distinctive shape and are constructed in tall grass, underneath boards and rocks, and around debris. Their webs are noticeable in grassy areas from summer to early fall. Funnel weaver spider webs are especially prominent when dotted with morning dew. Flower beds, woodpiles, and secluded corners inside structures are some of the favorite areas for them to build webs. If found in the home, their webs are often in corners of dark rooms, such as the basement.

Funnel Weaver Spider Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

When a funnel weaver spider is present in a home, homeowners often misidentify them as wolf spiders or brown recluse spiders. Funnel weaves do have venom, but because of the small size of their fangs, they have difficulty penetrating human skin. These spiders are more of a nuisance pest as they molt several times before becoming adults, casting off skins around the house. Contact your local spider exterminators for help with funnel weaver spiders.

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