All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

(American) <b>Funnel-web spider</strong> </b><br><i>Agelenopsis</i> spp. <br>
(American) Funnel-web spider
Agelenopsis spp.
We found this large funnel web while hiking on the Lake Trail in Big Ridge State Park. The spider's funnel opening was about the size of a silver dollar! My husband found an insect to put into the opening to draw out the spider. Within a few seconds she pounced on the insect and began to wrap it with silk before biting it and injecting her venom. Check out the size of those fangs! All spiders are venomous to a degree, their venom is used to immobilize and then to partially digest their prey. In Tennessee only the Black Widow and Brown Recluse are dangerously venomous. Animals that are venomous inject their poison by either biting or stinging. To help remember this, think of the pointed bottom end of a "V" as being a single stinger and the 2 top ends as fangs. Poison has to be eaten or touched and absorbed through the skin. Think of a "P" as being round like the end of your finger or tongue. Ladybugs, Monarch caterpillars and butterflies and Poison Dart Frogs are poisonous.
Spiders are Arachnids, they have 8 legs and 2 body parts (head and cephalothorax).
The Australian Funnel Web spider is extremely dangerous.