The funnel weaver spider hides in the narrow end of this funnel, which is usually protected by leaves or rocks. When an insect, spider, or other small creature crosses the wide end of the funnel, the spider feels the vibration and rushes out to grab the prey. Funnel weaver and grass spiders are incredibly quick, and can dash from the protected part of their web to the other end at lightning speed. Funnel weaver and grass spiders are beneficial predators. They very rarely leave their webs, so they don’t often enter homes. They will only bite if provoked, and are not considered dangerous. I found this little guy next to my basement door after a thunderstorm in my back yard in Rockaway, NJ. I used a Nikon Coolpix L110 digital camera. It was tricky focusing on him between that twig and leaf. I chased him back in numerous times just by touching either of them.