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Funel web spider - Agelena labyrinthica  Agelena labyrinthica,Agelenidae,Animal,Animalia,Arachnida,Araneae,Arthropoda,Bulgaria,Geotagged,Nature,Summer,Wildlife Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

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  1. @Ferdy, you have a beautiful set of this species back from 2013. I wonder how you managed to make them - it looks like you were shooting from inside the funnel! Posted 2 years ago
    1. Thank you, Jivko, this remains one of my personal favs:

      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

      ...but mostly luck I think. I recall it was opposite a pond and relatively high above the ground, making it easier to peek into it. It's also a crop, which may give the illusion of being inside the tunnel. Plus, I was lucky that the spider was so occupied with feeding.

      I think the scene can be recreated because their behavior is quite predictable:
      - when you touch the entire structure or bush, they will flee back into the tunnel and won't come out for quite a long time, so try to avoid that.
      - slightly touch the horizontal "mat" and they may do the opposite: come out because they think there's prey caught in the web
      - Or...be lucky or wait a very long time for them to feed at the tunnel entrance. Your photo also shows this pile of corpses in the foreground, so you were very close to it. To get more of a tunnel effect, take some more distance, would be my advise.
      Posted 2 years ago, modified 2 years ago

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"Agelena labyrinthica" is a species of spider in the family Agelenidae. It is a widespread species in Europe.

Similar species: Spiders
Species identified by Jivko Nakev
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By Jivko Nakev

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Uploaded Jan 5, 2020. Captured Jul 15, 2018 12:18 in 2346, Bulgaria.
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • f/7.1
  • 1/200s
  • ISO200
  • 200mm