The European Hobo Spider (Eratigena agrestis) is an arachnid in the Agelenidae family of funnel web spiders.
The European Hobo Spider varies in appearance. It has a light-brown body, and eight legs. Its two front legs are longer than its other legs. Its abdomen has a V-shaped pattern down the middle.
It measures about half to one centimetre (less than half an inch) in length.
It is found from western Europe to Central Asia, under rocks in fields and woods.
It traps its prey in funnel-shaped, horizontal sheets of webs, like a trampoline. It waits for its prey to walk onto the webs.
The European Hobo Spider lays eggs and they hatch into spiderlings. After the male Hobo Spider mates, it dies.
Location of photographs: Paris, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM