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:
''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