Labyrinth Spider

Agelena labyrinthica

preview hoet 00003 agelena labyrinthica labyrinthspinneThis spider is grey-brown and has a body length of up to 14 mm (0.71 in). It belongs to a family of funnel-web spiders and is widespread in Europe. It’s funnel-shaped retreats is similar to a labyrinth. They are often found in dry areas with low grass like roadsides and fallows.

The spider waits usually behind its network in a slip angle for a prey. If a small animal gets caught in the network, it will be bound with tied up immediately in spider silk and immobilized by a poisoneous bite, in order to be pulled into the hiding-place of the spider and to be consumed.