Lasz week I came up the stairs from the cellar and look what I found!
I have no clue what species this is, apart from “fucking big”, as it is about two inches across. I took some pics and then carefully relocated it to where it was less likely to lead to demands of “immediate violent death” from other people.
In case you’re wondering the strange surface, the previous owners glued carpet scraps to the stairs. If there’s a hell for bad DIY, the dude is going to spend eternity scraping glue off things. Pics below the fold.
Andrew G. says
Looks like a Giant House Spider to me.
Ice Swimmer says
I like the pedipalps (the appendages ahead of the front legs).
Yep, that’s a big one alright. Looks like he takes his job seriously.
What a beauty (she says from the safety of several hundred miles away).
I read somewhere that the large house spiders that you see are all males searching for a mate, the females chose a good spot tucked away behid a skirting board or what ever and wait to be wooed. It’s irrational, but it made me more tolerant of large roaming spiders, though that tolerance ends when they crawl on me, especially the one that crawled on my neck, I didn’t hurt it beyond throwing it away from me, but that was an intimacy too far for me.
Giliell I share your previous-owner-who-did-DIY pain, I could write reams on the stupid things ours did, the scariest was the metal light fitting with no earthing, most of the others have just been a chore to put right.
Hey, it’s a cousin of my labspider!