General Araneus is a character in the 1953 sci-fi film Stand By Your Mantis. It seems he's the good guy in it. In "Spins a Web", he acted as a villain to Ms. Frizzle and her class when he kidnapped Liz and tried to use her as bait for the giant praying mantis. However his plans was thwarted when they use the shrink ray to make the mantis the size of a normal one. Upset, he accidentally sets off his own trap (a large fly swatter) and got swatted.


  • He was voiced by Ed Asner.
  • His name Araneus may be pun on the names Uranus (a planet) and uranium (a chemical element).
  • Or, it may be the name of a specific genus of spider.