To learn more, search Agelenopsis, Hololena, Tegenaria, Linyphiidae. Avoid scare stories that proliferate in the sensationalist news and gossip channels about nightmare spiders of Australia or Asia ; stick to information from North American.edu publications such as Spiders Commonly Found in Gardens and Yards and from non-commercial naturalists networks such as Bugguide, hosted by University of Iowa Entomology.
- Fall webworm ( What's Coming Up 29, page 2 and page 101 of Evergreen Entries on the CD Asking About Asters),
- mimosa webworm (What's Coming Up 25, page 2),
- uglynest caterpillar, or
- euonymus caterpillar.
If it encases a crotch in a crabapple or fruit tree, chalk it up to eastern tent caterpillar.
- Shrink or shape birdsnest spruce
- Funnel spider at work