Nursery web spider, an Early Morning Visitor.

To arrive early morning at ones study, before the sun has even risen, and find this visitor sitting quietly on your chair, was the surprised honour of my Son-in-law. His luck on finding it on top of the chair, and not receiving a quiet introduction via a creepy feeling ascending his leg from below the chair level was a welcome one. His attempt to catch it (yes we are a nature loving family) was unsuccessful, which required a search and rescue on his return from work that evening. Grand Children, Grand Parents and Son-in-law, he on his back, was the lucky one to discover the hiding place of the visitor. (Who am I kidding, rather him than me). I ran for my camera to record the emergence of the spider. Duly caught and returned to the wild outdoors, with a warning of not to return, the family could take up their work positions without fear or dread. (who am I kidding, I’m still checking under my chair to ensure she hasn’t returned).

Now a few days later, can you believe, my 6 year old Grandson looked through his books and found an ID of the culprit.? Arachnologist, ornithologist, herpetologist or some kind of “ologist” in the making, I’m so proud of him..

This from Wikipedia had me thinking “The female spider will sometimes attempt to eat the male after mating. The male, to reduce the risk of this, will often present the female with a gift such as a fly when approaching in the hope that this will satisfy her hunger, and sometimes this gift is a fake present intended to fool the female.”  No wonder we present women with flowers and chocolates, in an attempt to stop them eating us…

This also from Wikipedia “In escaping predators, they may very well jump a distance of five or six inches.” thank the lucky stars this did not happen when I placed my camera an inch or two from her face, my camera may have become a flying saucer now being tracked by NASA as a possible invading UFO….

Here’s the photos… I’ve just had a terrible thought, can you imagine sitting on the toilet and have this visitor pop out from under the seat… it could be quite a messy affair…. The spider by the way is approx. 4 inches in length…

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Nursery-web spider.

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50 thoughts on “Nursery web spider, an Early Morning Visitor.

  1. YIKES!! I would freak. We had a wolf spider about 4 inches long in our house. I’m glad there was a witness or I don’t think people would have believed me.
    By the way, the spider surprise in the toilet…I’ve experienced that!

  2. “The female spider will sometimes attempt to eat the male after mating. The male, to reduce the risk of this, will often present the female with a gift such as a fly when approaching in the hope that this will satisfy her hunger, and sometimes this gift is a fake present intended to fool the female.” No wonder we present women with flowers and chocolates, in an attempt to stop them eating us…

    OMG bulldog – just read this aloud to my daughter who is home from college for the holiday here (Thanksgiving) ~ we can’t believe …. will have to give this lots of thought before bed tonight! Tell your grandson he is a great little researcher – finding this tidbit. Wonderful images – as always – glad you were safe from the spider!! 🙂 ~ Love, R

    • If she had of jumped on me .. the chances are she might have changed shape drastically… as I’m sure my camera would have been flying… and that might have angered me to use my 120 kg size to fight with her, her chances of survival wouldn’t have looked to good…
      As it was she co-operated even though we offered no gifts and left to hunt in the garden…

  3. :-0 OMG! That is one hairy long legged baby! Yikes, I would be traumatized by that one for a while. And WOW! It is still alive????? You all deserve badges of courage. Great shots by the way, every little hair….

  4. That’s one big spider. I’m not a fan of spiders. In Hawaii we used to get large, fuzzy cane spiders. They REALLY creeped me out. I love your comment about men buying gifts to keep us from eating them. Maybe I should suggest that to my husband. 🙂

  5. What’s all the fuss about spiders. I happen to like them. If I see one crawling around spaces I tend to occupy, I gently pick it up and move it to a place outside where I’m sure it will feel more comfortable. Spiders are people, too! Okay, so they aren’t people. But they help us in lots of ways. Worms, on the other hand…now those slimy things and I don’t get along well at all. I have a genuine worm phobia…

    • I don’t mind spiders except the violen spider that decided to bite me twice on the back of the leg, leaving me with two holes there now… when I see them… they’re dead but all others we gently relocate… it’s just when we were taking this one outside I commented on what if such a spider was hiding under the toilet seat and came out when one was half way through the job…. I notice now everyone lifts the toilet seat to check…

    • This is a non poisonous specie and actually is good for mosquito and fly control… the chances are she would do her best to get out of your way rather than stand up to you… I must admit though I’m not to partial to having one walk over me… there are those far worst, like the Violin spider that bit me on the back of my leg (twice actually) and left two holes as a result… now they stand no chance when I spot them… 120 kgs of me on top of them, with a good foot twist to boot….

  6. Funniest post ever Bulldog :). I loved the part about “no wonder we present women with flowers and chocolates”. That made me laugh out loud! Now, for some reason, I’m itchy all over and keep thinking something is crawling on me. Thanks buddy! LOL

    • Thank you Pat… yes not everyone’s favourite… but they have a place in nature… just not in our study..
      Grazie Pat … sì non preferito da tutti … ma l’avere un posto nella natura … solo che non nel nostro studio ..

  7. I would not have been allowed to leave for work until she had been found if this was our house. Even the tiny ones have the girls screaming here. Not sure how brave I would have been with this one though. Fantastic pictures.

    • Seeing I work from this same study, it was probably felt Ok Granddad will find it… a cursory look by me had no luck (luckily) and the general consensus or Grand Fatherly declaration, that it had gone, was accepted by all, except me, and I did keep a wayward look around the whole time, with a prayer on my lips…

    • I normally rise at or before 4 am, I’m not sure how I would have welcomed such a visit at that time of the morning…. I hate to kill such worldly visitors as they do have their place and would probably do me no harm… but the thought of it walking across my neck certainly raises the few hairs that I have left…

    • I can assure you that I feel the same way… although my 120 kg probably would have put her past the point of eating me… I would also not have been offering her any flies to eat either…

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