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Agelena labyrinthica, Heeswijk, Netherlands Not a great pose or photo, but I do enjoy observing these species. The Netherlands has only 14 species in this genus of which Agelena labyrinthica is the most common one. They are quite tricky to photograph as they are quite paranoid. A small vibration of their enormous cog web typically lures them out whilst a bigger vibration sends them deep into the end of the funnel, as seen here, where they eat in peace. Got a better view of this several years ago:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/11251/the_funnel_of_death.html" title="The Funnel of Death"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/11251_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1587600010&Signature=8c4%2Fm8G4Y27NftSpzb5CSDDM264%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="The Funnel of Death This photo is best appreciated fullscreen. I&#039;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,Geotagged,Heesch,Macro,The Netherlands" /></a></figure> Agelena labyrinthica,Europe,Heeswijk-Dinther,Netherlands,World Click/tap to enlarge

Agelena labyrinthica, Heeswijk, Netherlands

Not a great pose or photo, but I do enjoy observing these species. The Netherlands has only 14 species in this genus of which Agelena labyrinthica is the most common one. They are quite tricky to photograph as they are quite paranoid. A small vibration of their enormous cog web typically lures them out whilst a bigger vibration sends them deep into the end of the funnel, as seen here, where they eat in peace. Got a better view of this several years ago:

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,Geotagged,Heesch,Macro,The Netherlands

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  1. This is really great considering the difficulty in photographing funnelweb spiders! Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks, Lisa. I'm thinking it is mostly a matter of dedication and time. Perhaps when on a tripod aimed at the entrance it would simply be a matter of time before you get a decent shot, or even video:
      https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/transcoded/c/c0/Agelena_labyrinthica.ogv/Agelena_labyrinthica.ogv.480p.webm
      Posted one year ago
  2. That’s awesome :) Posted one year ago

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''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

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Uploaded Jul 17, 2018. Captured May 27, 2018 15:37.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/11.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO64
  • 105mm