The Funnel of Death
This photo is best appreciated fullscreen. I've been seeing spider webs in a tunnel shape quite frequently in my area but never with a spider in it until this day. This is the Agelena labyrinthica, a spider that builds a complex web system, where one part of the web is horizontal and used for catching prey, whilst the connected tunnel(or funnel) is for retreating. Check out how this species is excitingly feeding on a large pile of aphids.
''Agelena labyrinthica'' is a species of spider in the family Agelenidae, which contains 1146 species of funnel-web spiders. It is a widespread species in Europe, where there are 180 species, and in Central Europe, where there are 30 species currently known.
Funnel-web spiders typically range in size from 8–12 millimetres for males and 10–14 mm for females. ''Agelena labyrinthica'', however, has a body length of up to 18 mm . The abdomen is dark with a pale central band.. more