Agelinid spiders


My son Parker came back from a state park the other day with these images. The spider is a member of the family Agelinidae (I'm not sure which species). This kind of spider builds a sheet-like web with a funnel-like retreat at the edge. Most of them, including this one, are harmless. A potentially dangerous member of the family is the hobo spider. It's been accused of causing necrotic lesions like those that sometimes result from the bites of the brown recluse.

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