American Grass Spider

Running along fall leaves on the forest floor, an American Grass Spider attempts to find cover after being startled by a group of hikers. Though harmless to people, this fast-moving spider may catch someone off-guard if it scurries in front of them unexpectedly. Grass Spiders use speed to nab insects like grasshoppers that make contact with a funnel web without relying on silk to hold prey in place for consumption. Identifying exactly what kind of brown Grass Spider this is can be tricky, with a number of variations in the family, but the black dorsal lines and abdomen spots help narrow it down.

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