2008 Tegenaria spp.

Spider of the Year 2008

The Common House Spider

Tegenaria spp.

Tegenaria atrica

Tegenaria atrica


Who doesn’t know them: large, dark, hairy spiders which appear in the bathtub or washbasin and who – thanks mostly to their large size and their strong contrast against the chalk-white background – provoke a strong reaction among humans. These are mostly house spiders, which are neither poisonous nor dangerous. Nevertheless, spotting exactly this creature is the thing that most harms the relationship between spiders and many people.

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