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Welcome to my new series! Spider Approaches to House Cleaning is composed of seven new comics. I'll be posting one a week until I've posted them all. Enjoy!

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This comic features (you guessed it!) Clarice, my favorite Grass Spider. While observing her, I noticed that she kept all her trash (remains of prey items and her own shed exoskeletons) piled up right outside her retreat. Often, she would sit in the middle of the pile, which made for excellent camouflage.

Grass Spiders belong to Genus Agelenopsis of Family Agelenidae, the funnel-weavers.

Grass Spiders build wide, flat webs which taper to a funnel-shaped retreat. Above the webs are individual lines of silk known as trap lines, designed to knock flying or jumping insects down into the web. The webs are typically not sticky; they trap insects temporarily by entangling their feet. Given time, some insects may work themselves free and escape. For most, time is unavailable, as Grass Spiders are lightning-quick.

If you have ideas for more spider comics, feel free to share them with me.

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  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2020
  • Photographed: Nov 9, 2020
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Moscow, Idaho, United States
  • Spotted Indoors: Basement or Cellar
  • Found in web?: Yes
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Cute!! I like visiting my Grass Spiders, they make some really cool architecture in different forms to create slippery slides. Trashline Orbweavers would be cool for a comic. Spiders that use dead bugs to make decoys that look like themselves sound so fake. I saw them in-person in South Carolina, just barely. The trick to seeing the real spider was to twitch the trapline to get it to move.


Btw, Itsy Bitsy once told me that this site started out with a gallery of submitted spider artwork and a relatively very tiny amount of species they could identify.


SpiderID.com will be 3 years old this month! The original site Spiders.us started 9 years ago with about forty!!! species profiles.


Itsy hasn’t deleted any forms of art on the site, that I know of. She isn’t opposed to it. I think it is a good idea since the fundamental goal of the site is too teach and share enthusiasm about spiders. I think I’ve pitched the idea of bringing back art and conversation. It wasn’t rejected, but we have no ability to change the format. The basic problem is that our Site Administrator, a volunteer, has been too busy to deal with the site from the programming side. He was one of the 4 original Moderators. Only Itsy did the… Read more »


Thanks! I learned what I could from Itsy and reading open dialogue histories on some user accounts. The “about” section is helpful and I read the memorials to Amanda, this site’s founder, on Bugguide. A relative who is a systems programmer said this site is easy to hack. I won’t resort to that to finally get a search bar! We don’t have any funds that I know of, we aren’t a for profit or nonprofit. Just a copyrighted “framework.” I don’t know where our photos or other info is stored. Neither does Itsy. Kyle and our lawyer would know more.… Read more »


This is one of the 2 only grass spiders I’ve seen inside a building. The photo often comes back to me in google searches. //:0


https://spiderid.com/picture/51661/ I had technical difficulties. This photo seems to have been linked and shared enough to be popular on google’s algorithms. You might have read my long discussions of other spiders taking advantage of Grass Spider webs. Most of my discussions are lengthy. The friends and relatives who truly care about me are the ones who actually read what I right. My sibling only communicates by emoji texts.