Barn Funnel Weaver - Female  (four photos)
Tegenaria domestica

aka "Common House Spider"
"Lesser European House Spider"

Tegenaria domestica
This hirsute individual was in the tub this morning so I took her out, photographed her,
 and put her outside by my shed.  Unlike the infamous Hobo Spider, the "Common House
Spider' has dark bands on the legs and is very hairy. Carol Davis 9-28-2017

eyes of Tegenaria domestica
This shows the eye formation and the bristly palps, They also have a
 big set of fangs but are not considered aggressive. The female below, from a
few years ago, was much lighter in color than this one. She might have
been ready to lay some eggs because she was chunky. Carol Davis 9-28-2017

common 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. Carol Davis 3-1-2010

The Lesser European House Spider (it's name in the UK) secreted its way into the US from Europe.
 According to, 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 male here.  Carol Davis, 3-1-2010

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