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Image of a funnel web weaver and her web

Funnel Web Spider With Spider In Center

The unique web of this group of spiders is more often noticed than the spider itself. It is sheetlike, usually positioned horizontally, with a funnel leading downward to a shelter (a rock crevice or dense vegetation) where the spiders hides, waiting for prey.

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Photo of funnel web spider poised in funnel of her web

Funnel Web Spiders

Agelenopsis spp.
The unique web of funnel web spiders is more often noticed than the spider itself. It is sheetlike, usually positioned horizontally, with a funnel leading downward to a shelter (a rock crevice or dense vegetation) where the spider hides, waiting for prey.

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Garden Spider

Video of a garden spider in the wild.

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Got Chiggers? It Figures!

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A report on the enemy's movements and lifestyle, as well as defenses you can take against it.

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Photo of female heptagonal orbweaver in web.

Heptagonal Orbweaver (Seven-Sided Orb-Weaver)

Gea heptagon
The heptagonal orbweaver, Gea heptagon, builds its circular webs in vegetation only a few feet off the ground. When disturbed, it drops instantly to the ground below and turns a drab brown.

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Photo of female heptagonal orbweaver in web.

Heptagonal Orbweaver (Seven-Sided Orb-Weaver)

The heptagonal orbweaver builds circular webs that look a lot like miniature versions of the webs made by black-and-yellow garden spiders. When disturbed, the heptagonal orbweaver drops instantly to the ground below and turns a drab brown.

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Photo of female heptagonal orbweaver in web, showing underside.

Heptagonal Orbweaver (Seven-Sided Orb-Weaver)

This view of the underside of a female heptagonal orbweaver shows her spinnerets, a small group of nozzle-like organs near the hind part of the abdomen, which produce the web and netting necessary for capturing and trussing her prey, and for constructing a silken pouch for her eggs.

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Photo of a heptagonal orbweaver in her web.

Heptagonal Orbweaver (Seven-Sided Orb-Weaver)

Unlike many other orb-weaving spiders that build webs chest- or face-high, and which are often run into by hikers, heptagonal orbweavers construct their webs low to the ground. They sometimes spin an extra zigzag pattern at the center, which can make their webs easier to spot.

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Photo of heptagonal orbweaver in web supported by creeping Charlie weeds.

Heptagonal Orbweaver (Seven-Sided Orb-Weaver)

The form, size, and positioning of webs are important for identifying many spiders. Female heptagonal orbweavers build their circular webs vertically and low to the ground. This individual’s web was less than a foot above the ground, in a clump of weeds under a birdbath. True to form, she would drop instantly to the ground upon the slightest disturbance.

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Lyme Disease in Deer

There has never been a documented case of a human contracting Lyme disease through the handling or consumption of venison. Learn more.

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