I have seen a similar spider once before in my old house. As i love spiders and at the time didnt think any bit picked it uo and received a painfull bite. Symptoms where fairly mild afterwoods- just a bit punture wound and a little reddening. I saw this one last night and tested to see if it would attack by tapping it front leg with a paintbrush- It lunged at is straight away with a powerful strike and then darted further along the carpet. I then realeased it outside. Just curious as to what it is really? I thought maybe a mouse spider?
It's a House Spider Tegenaria sp., like the ones on this page.
Message was edited by: Florin - Museum ID team Sorry for the link; now linked to another page.
Definitely a teggie.
I'm curious though, Florin, why have you linked to a misinformed commercial pest-control site?
Wow, what an annoying site. I'm sure Florin only linked with it because of the excellent picture. How they can class the beautiful and relatively rare Agriope bruennichi, or incredible Salticidae or any spider for that matter as a pest defies belief . These pest control sites at best pander to and stoke the flames of Aracnophobia.
I know! The idea that someone might contact pest control to respond to a wasp spider is almost funny...
What isn't funny however is the pest control site classifying a Tegenaria in the Theridiidae family. Factfail.
Sorry for the quality of that site. I just wanted to point to a similar photo. In all onesty, I don't have the time to check the content of web sites, and I normally search for images for illustration purposes.
It's a shame that spiders are treated as pests, especially ones that live in gardens and are harmless.