Agelenopsis species. One of the Funnel Web spiders in the Grass Spider genus. These are large funnelers. Eighteen or so species in the group and apparently very close and variable in appearance. Note that fine silky platform. Complex venoms but they are so shy it would be work to be bitten.

A Funneler, possibly another Agelenopsis, that has nabbed a Diogmites platypterus, one of the most impressive robber flies in the Diogmites genus. Top predator takes top predator.

I was standing next to this big Agenelopsis web when the bee went in. It struggled mightily and the spider showed respect for the sting which it seemed to understand was there to avoid. The spider circled around and around and made these big looming thrusts with those impressive red fangs. The bees wings were free but it could not get the legs out. And none of the local colonial buddies were coming to the rescue.

When she did finally bite, the bee quit buzzing. And it was finished. The spider carried the bee back into the neck of the funnel after a bit.

And a shot through my window in 2010 of my pet Funnel on the glass of my office. She is huge. Body nearly an inch. She takes mostly small game, has a complicated funnel that here she is in the reverse position inside. She makes fast sorties out for larger game in the web contacts: butterflies, robbers but her web has never taken one. Web stretches up to the upper window edge and across to a window bird house that houses only a wasp nest for now. I have yet to see a Polistes versus Agenelopsis event.