Giant House Spider

The dog saw it a moment before I did, and almost managed to grab it off the vinyl floor before my quick intervention. This spider was BIG, appearing significantly larger than spiders usually found around the house, and with much bulkier body and legs than the long-legged harvestmen we sometimes see. Almost scary!

I first made a quick grab for the camera before it disappeared, and then carefully extracted it to the outdoors, using a large tumbler and piece of card.

giant house spider

An unusual feature of this spider is that the thorax is larger than the abdomen – most seem to be proportioned the other way around. Research shows it to be a giant house spider, actually quite common, with body length over half-an-inch.

According to Wikipedia, these spiders have eight rather ineffective eyes; the flash used for the photo has highlighted two of them. These spiders are not said to be keen on biting pets or people, so are not as scary as they look at first sight.

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2 thoughts on “Giant House Spider

  1. Aaaaaahhhhh!!!!! Actually I saw it first as it was on the floor in the loo while I was in there. With a maximum amount of self control I got out fast, once I’d realised it was NOT a large splash of water from the wash basin on the floor but something else…..of course I was heading for the nearest jam jar to capture it in and let it out 😉

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