Species: Giant House Spider (Eratigena atrica)

Family: Funnel Weaver Spiders (AGELENIDAE)

Category: Arachnids

Location: Widespread

A. Arachnids

More extensive information on arachnids can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Funnel Weaver Spiders (AGELENIDAE)

These are fast-running hunting spiders with a toxic venom, but are not a danger to humans. Biochemists are taking an active interest in the possible medical uses of their venom. They have large rear spinnerets.

C. Giant House Spider (Eratigena atrica)

This is a long-legged, fast-moving predatory spider that is common in houses and gardens, appearing inside houses in the Spring.