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Agelenopsis pennsylvanica

Common Name: Grass Spider
Agelenopsis pennsylvanica
Agelenopsis pennsylvanica

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Agelenidae
Genus: Agelenopsis
Species: Agelenopsis pennsylvanica

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The grass spider is 3/4" long. It has a gray-brown body with dark and light stripes. At the end of its abdomen it has long spinnerets, the organs where the silk is produced. Its legs are bristly.

Habitat & Range

They live in grass and other ground cover plants.


Grass spiders’ webs are funnel-shaped and built near the ground. Their web is not sticky, but its structure traps insects and prevents them from flying out.

Life Cycle

Females lay eggs in late summer and fall. Eggs hatch in spring, and young become adults later in the summer.

Featured image by James Dake


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