Funnel Weaver - Female
aka "Common House Spider"
"Lesser European House Spider"
When my friend pointed out this spider in my sink, I thought at
first glance, because of the light coloring,
it was a Long-legged Sac Spider. It wasn't.
I then knew it was in the family Tegenaria and I was excited because
it was so light and the pattern
on the abdomen showed up so well. I knew it was something
good. When you hear Tegenaria, most people
think of the famous Hobo Spider but this relative does not carry the
wicked reputation of the Hobo.
The Lesser European House Spider (it's name in the UK) secreted its
way into the US from Europe. According to
Bugguide.net, this spider is also known as the "Drain Spider"; however,
just because a spider is in your sink or
drain doesn't mean it's this spider (well, duh!). All spiders in
this family are FAST. Last night one of the tegeneria
was running across my kitchen floor so fast I had to jump to avoid its
running right up my leg. My cats then
tried to catch it, to no avail. You can see a photo of a
© Carol Davis, 3-1-2010
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