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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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Funnel Web Spiders

Agelenopsis spp.
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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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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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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Marbled Orb Weaver

The marbled orb weaver (Araneus marmoreus) is a colorful spider whose wide range includes all of the eastern United States. It’s sometimes called “pumpkin spider” because the rounded abdomen of this species is sometimes bright orange. The pattern is variable, and the color can be white, yellow, or orange, with mottling and spotting of black, brown, or purple. Females build their wheel-shaped webs among trees and tall weeds in moist woods, often near streams.

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Marbled Orb Weaver

Video of a marbled orb weaver spider in the wild.

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Micrathena Spiders

Spiders in the genus Micrathena
Some of us hate blundering into spider webs, but much of our fear can be alleviated when we learn more about the creatures whose homes we’re destroying. Micrathenas are one group of spiders whose webs are commonly “nailed” by hikers!

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Miscellany

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"Miscellany" for the May 2007 Missouri Conservationist.

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Missouri Tarantula

Aphonopelma hentzi
This hairy species is Missouri's largest spider. The body and legs are uniformly dark chocolate-brown, with reddish hairs on the carapace.

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