Labyrinth Spider Agelena labyrinthica

Labyrinth Spider Agelena labyrinthica

Discovered on local woodland margin. 13th June 2012. © Peter Hillman.

Family Agelenidae (Funnelweb spiders)

Body length 8-12 mm.

Both sexes are similar in appearance, but the male has a slimmer abdomen and relatively longer legs. The abdomen is dark grey with a pale longitudinal median band and white chevron markings.

It forms a large sheet web in low vegetation with a funnel on or above the ground. The name of the spider comes from the female’s building of elaborate tunnels or ‘labyrinths’ amidst the vegetation in which she lays her eggs.

Seen July and August, and found in hedgerows, rough grassland, field and woodland margins. Common and widespread in much of southern England and coastal Wales, more localised in northern England, and absent in Scotland. A native species.