Grass Spiders Are Abundant In the QCA
Maybe you've noticed these in your lawn; white puffy webs woven into tufts of grass, shrubs, or along the bottoms of fences.
According to a KWQC report, the creations, which can resemble white cotton candy and are most visible after a rain, are the work of the grass spider.
The spider with eight eyes usually flourishes in late summer but seems to be doing especially well these days. Yikes.
“Their population has increased all summer, so they are very abundant now,” said Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources Ecologist John Pearson.
Some QCA homeowners have seen a dozen or more webs on their lawns, but it is not known if numbers are unusually high this year.
The webs are not particularly sticky but serve as a vibrating notification system to alert the spider when a potential meal is wandering by.
The grass spider, a fast runner, will then quickly grab its prey and drag it into its web.
They sometimes wander into homes, but Pearson said they generally do not pose a threat to homeowners.