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HOUSE SPIDER???  Isn't it too big?? - Eratigena atrica

HOUSE SPIDER??? Isn't it too big?? - Eratigena atrica
Tacoma, Washington, USA
February 24, 2005
Size: 3.5"x2.5" legs included
just hanging out on the porch at 9pm on the winter and THIS monster crawled down the wall! WHAT IS IT??

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Is this a HUGE Aggressive House Spider?? - Eratigena atrica HOUSE SPIDER???  Isn't it too big?? - Eratigena atrica HOUSE SPIDER???  Isn't it too big?? - Eratigena atrica

Awesome and Familiar
That sprawled wall-cruising giant is my first bell-ringer in at least 2 decades...I grew up in Seattle and often woke at night or early morning to one or 2 of these on the wall a foot above my head. My mom tried to total them with a broom only to have it fall off the wall and run around till she hit it with something else! They were as big as a playing card. My best friend grew up across the street and had even darker a basement, he lured real big ones into vacuum-seal bags and preserved them. 18 yeras ago. HUGE.
Then, crazily enough they stopped appearing and what took over (whole city/area) were Hobo's, who can't climb walls unless caked with web already. I read somewhere that bug foggers kill everything that kills hobo's and so their populations triple after you use insecticide foggers.

 
That's one nice thing about t
That's one nice thing about the giant house spider. When they move into a basement or some other area their size lets them dominate (and eat) the other local spiders, including the Hobo.

That would be...
A female Giant House Spider. Don't be fooled by the pattern on the abdomen. It's often confused with the Barn Funnel Weaving Spider, and (the more dangerous one)the Hobo Spider. It originated in England which is probably why the ol' chap who commented on this before myself has one as well. Lucky him, he doesn't have to worry about the Hobo Spider like we do. The Giant House Spider, and the Hobo Spider are very much alike, but you can tell that one there is a Giant House Spider due to the two dark lines down the cephalothorax.

From an 11yr old spider enthusiast
Hi, I only suscribed a second ago

I am currently holding a similar spider(to the one in you 2nd and 3rd picture) captive. I live in london, and I think yours must be a giant house spider (Tegenaria gigantea) too because of the distinctive pattern on its abdomen. And no, i don't think it's too big,; my one is about 2.5 cm in length in total. It's web is similar to the funnel web, but it can't crawl up totally smooth surfaces (I keep mine in a plastic tub without a lid.

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