That Other Spider

by Carl Strang

In a recent post I described the two common spiders I find in my house. Last week in the downstairs bathroom I had a brief visit from the third one I mentioned.

This appears to be Tegenaria domestica, the common house spider, a European species. It is the most mysterious one in my home, and the largest, usually appearing briefly and then vanishing. Such was the case this time. It had been weeks to months since I last saw one. This individual was in place for only a couple hours, then it was gone. These are sheet-web weavers, so it probably found some crevice in which to hide until its next appearance.


  1. December 23, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I read this and your other post with great interest. I too have a fear of spiders and am trying to get over it by looking at them. I wondered what the spiders were that are in the house and what they eat. What do they eat?…. Michelle

    • natureinquiries said,

      December 24, 2009 at 7:20 am

      Hi, Michelle,
      According to references, these spiders are capable of going for long times between meals. I see in both of the cobweb-making species in my house that they drop the husks of prey from their webs when they are done eating, so unless you notice them on the floor beneath the web, you might get the impression they are not feeding.

  2. December 28, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Thank you for the info Carl. I have gone from screaming for my husband whenever I saw a spider to taking photos, so I am interested but couldn’t really find any info on the common ones I see in the house. Of course here in WNY I am not going to find a nasty surprise like a brown recluse or black widow.. which would have me screaming for my husband…Michelle

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