HUGE ugly spider!! Okay…I caught the most huge spider I’ve ever caught in my life. We don’t get spiders here ( I think we’ve killed 4 or 5 in 3 years). Where we came from in CA mountains, we had black widows, half dollar sized wolf spiders and lots of others, but had our place sprayed outside so that we didn’t have to deal with them.
This one, if it was sitting on the palm of my hand, would take up the entire palm of my hand. It’s either a Hobo or it’s a giant house spider. I was waiting til it’s D-E-A-D DEAD before I try looking at it’s underbelly. I caught it in a big 2 quart mason jar. And that was interesting in itself. lol I stood for 20 minutes just inches away from it, but kept getting the heebie jeebies. DS is in the other room watching from a safe distance saying…’Go for it Mom! It’s not a big deal!’ Well, umm…YOU are in another room so it’s not a big deal for YOU! ROFL And let’s just say I was doing a LOT of praying in that 20 minutes with the heebie jeebies!
DD made sure to get a picture of it when it was still alive, well and on my wall/ceiling. The picture below is from the web and not the one dd took. I’m waiting for her to get the pic off of her digi camera.
Oh…and in case you DIDN’T know…I’m scared to death of spiders!! So this was a HUGE accomplishment for me.
Okay, once it was D-E-A-D…I did some searching on the internet and found out it is this spider:
It is called the European Giant House Spider. And danged if it ain’t GIANT!! It says they can grow up to 4 inches in size. This one that I caught was easily 3 inches as it would have taken up my whole palm if I had let it sit there. Ummm…again…NOT going to happen. lol They are apparently non-poisonous (who cares if they are or not at THAT size). They also keep the hobo spiders (are poisonous) out of homes. Okay…so that’s a good thing. But I still don’t want it IN my home. Hang out in the crawl underneath the house, no problem. You can get any hobos that try to come into the house that way. lolol I also read that hobo spiders don’t get any bigger than an inch and a half in size…so that was another reason to know it wasn’t one of them.
So, GLAD to know it wasn’t a hobo.
EDITED TO SHOW YOU OUR SPIDER:
The weirdest thing is that we go around the house at least every other week and get dustwebs down. Guess we forgot some and the spider thought it was home???