Giant housespider (Eratigena atrica)
Web: Typical funnel web with a funnel-shaped retreat.
Habitat: In and around buildings, with a preference for sheltered, not too dry places. Often outdoors, far away from buildings, i.e. in hollow trees or on rocks.
How to recognize:
- typical light drawing on the abdomen and dark coloured drawing on cephalothorax
- often a more dark appearance compared to the other two house spider species
- legs never darkly annulated
Looks similar to:
- Blackwalls house spider, from which the Giant house spider cannot be distinguished based on general appearance. Only through examining the reproductive structures is it possible to decisively identify species but this examination is not easy.
♀: throughout the year
♂: August till October