Barn Funnel Weaver Spider

Posted on in Recent Sightings by Hawk Mountain

barn funnel weaver spider by Laura berry

A successful rescue mission was carried out at the Visitor Center after a Barn Funnel Weaver (Tegenaria domestica) was found swimming in a cup of water. Upon its release back outdoors, rescuers were able to view the characteristic orange and brown striped legs and chevron patterned abdomen of this spider species. This particular spider appears to be male due to the enlarged pedipalps visible.

Known as the domestic house spider in their native Europe, barn funnel weavers are an introduced species and now range throughout most of the world. They are commonly found in houses and buildings, taking advantage of dark corners to build their webs. Though they are quite intimidating to see in your home, barn funnel weaver spiders are completely harmless to humans. 

Photo by Laura Berry.