It's starting to get wet and wild outside as autumn replaces summer and that means it's time for big brown spiders in the bath. Here's one that Penny was delighted to find. Click for scarier, larger version!


A bit of research suggests this is an example of Tegenaria Duellica – i.e. Common House Spider in UK parlance. There seems to be a bit of confusion out there on the web (ho ho) as to the many close varieties of Tegenaria, but I think consensus is that Duellica and Gigantea are in fact the same thing, with Gigantea being the older and now deprecated nomenclature.

This example is about 6cm across the legs, with perhaps a 16mm body. The long legs and slender body suggest it's a male, which makes sense as it's the males out roaming for a mate at this time of year, which is why we see so many of them all of a sudden.

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  1. we get loads can you tell me were they come from

  2. I understand that generally they live in your house all the time, though usually out of sight, perhaps under the floorboards, in the attic and in other hidden spaces. But at certain times of year the mature adults come out looking for rumpy pumpy. That’s you especially see them in August and September roaming across your living room floor.

  3. is it poisonous.

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