Grass Spider

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Facts and Information about the Grass Spider
Did you know the following facts about the arachnid commonly known as the Grass Spider?  Description and key features for spider Identification. The easy way to identify spiders!

Grass Spider identification - what does it look like?
They range in colours from yellow, grey and brown, with distinctive bands around their legs with two dark bands running down either side of the cephalothorax, they have eight eyes arranged into three rows, top row with two, middle with four and the bottom row with two, they also have prominent and scary looking spinnerets

Common Name and Latin Name
The Common Name and Latin Name are as follows:
Common Name (s): Grass spider
Latin Name: Agelenopsis

What do Grass Spiders eat? What is its prey?
Grass spiders wait for their prey to stumble upon their funnel shaped structured web, these consist of small insects

Is the Grass Spider poisonous?
All types (except Uloboridae) are poisonous! However if a person is bitten, they will experience local swelling, redness and itching

How big is the Grass Spider?
The size of the Grass Spider ranges between 15 millimetres and the biggest at 20 millimetres

Where does the Grass Spider live, what is its habitat?
This spider can be found building its funnel web in grass or in crevices of buildings, fences or low lying foliage

What is the average life span of the Grass Spider?
This type of spider lives on average for a year

Does the Grass Spider have good eyesight?
Generally speaking the Grass spider has poor eyesight and relays on vibrations to find and catch its prey

Facts and Information about the Grass Spider
Did you know the following facts about the arachnid commonly known as the Grass Spider?

  • Fact One - These spiders commonly build funnel webs
  • Fact Two - They can be teased out by gently touching the outer web
  • Fact Three - Grass spiders can run very rapidly, mainly to catch their prey
  • Fact Four - Grass spiders are commonly seen throughout North American summers
  • Fact Five - Male grass spiders are smaller than females
  • Fact six - They lay their egg sacks against trees or other supportive structures

Classification of the Grass Spider
Species of spiders are classified according to shared physical characteristics. Spider taxonomy is the science of finding, describing, classifying and naming organisms in a hierarchical system. This method of classification helps when a description of 40,000 spiders is required! The organization of living things have seven major categories: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species. The classification of the Grass Spider is as follows:

Grass Spider Kingdom: Animalia
(Kingdom relates to the highest taxonomic group into which organisms are grouped; one of five biological categories: Monera or Protoctista or Plantae or Fungi or Animalia) :

Grass Spider Phylum: Arthropoda
Phyla are groups of classes. A series of animals or plants genetically connected with shared characteristics. The second biggest grouping in taxonomy. Arthropoda are jointed-foot invertebrates: arachnids, crustaceans, insects etc

Grass Spider Class: Arachnida
A Class is a taxonomic group containing one or more orders. Arachnid  consist of any of the eight-legged creatures, including spiders and scorpions, of the class Arachnida

Grass Spiders Order: Araneae
A taxonomic order, within the class Arachnida (spiders) 

Grass Spiders Subclass:
The Subclass is nother taxonomic category below a class and above an order which helps in the classification process

Grass Spiders Family: Agelenidae
Another taxonomic category below an order and above a genus which helps in the classification process.

Grass Spiders Genus: Agelenopsis
Another taxonomic category below a family and above the level of species which helps in the classification process.

Grass Spiders Species: spp
Specis is a taxonomic group whose members can interbreed.

Spiders Exterminator - Pest Control 
Generally speaking, people do not like spiders especially Grass spiders and most of all, do not want them in their homes! There are many forms of pest control and ways to exterminate spiders such as Grass spiders. There are spider exterminators, services, spider zappers, spider traps, spider repeller, spider catchers, spider traps for the removal and extermination process. Advice is available on subjects such as pest controls, pest prevention, spider catchers, spider exterminators and how to kill spiders like Grass spiders. Some people would like to eliminate spiders from there homes completely, this can be very difficult as an open window on a summers day will allow spiders in, even opening your front door when entering and leaving will allow pesky spiders in. It is very easy to get rid of Grass spiders by catching them yourself. Its best not to kill spiders as they are very important in controlling the level of other insects that are pests.

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