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  • Saw this spider on one of the hide external panels at RSPB Conwy ….

  • I think this is one of the Harvestmen. Apparently they're not 'true' Spiders due to the single body (as opposed to double body parts in 'true' spiders) and they don't all have poison.

    They have 'smelly glands' for defence but I didn't attempt to sniff it to find out.

    I wasn't scared......it's just not the type of item I'd like to have wedged inside my nostril.!! :-)

    He didn't like having his photo taken so he stormed off in the huff.!!

  • lol Paul, great pics;  you wouldn't want to meet the resident spiders of Australia  !!

  • HAZY
    you wouldn't want to meet the resident spiders of Australia  !!

    Agreed, I don't mind Spiders but I'm happy enough without the evil deadly types.!! :-)

  • Funny to see these pics of spiders today, I just happened to look across the room when walking through and lo and behold caught a glimpse of what I call the garden spider making it's way slowly across the floor.   Didn't think to take a pic, just grabbed my spider catcher (plastic pot and old photo)!!  in it went and outside on top of a plant pot in the shade.   Rather big, with those thick legs, it must have come in when I brought in the dog bed after giving it an airing.  Much better off outside I thought:-)

  • That sounds a really nice way to deal with spiders Gaynor.

    I was in the hairdressers a few days ago & while I was waiting, the hairdresser & her other customer were chatting & the hairdresser mentionned that she had found a big spider in the house. Shock! Horror! She killed it & put it on her husbands chair for when he came home. Apparantly it was his fault because he hadn't put in the insect barrier correctly. This is a spray that you use all around the inside/outside of the house to prevent & presumably kill anything that tries to step over the thresh-hold. Her customer agreed & said they do this too. I said it sounded terrible & what about the poor spiders. They said ''What do you do about spiders?" I explained that I leave them, they catch flies & mosquitoes & are quite harmless & occassionally have a purge & put the mop around & drop them all outside. They were amazed that I could live with Spiders in the house. Sad old world isn't it!

  • I agree with you Hazel, I could never kill one, though many do.   If people spray around their homes like that then goodness knows what they are doing to the environment.  

  • When I eventually decide a spider needs to be sorted out, I also use a glass and piece of paper to evict it. Only once did I have to persuade one to bend its legs before putting the glass over it!!! Not in the UK I hasten to add.

    Anyway, here's one in natural habitat.

    I think it's looking after the Nursery Web but I didn't get a look at its back to help poitively ID it

  • With that long body it looks like a Tetragnatha extensa but there may be a close relative, there is over here. Often found near water.

  • That's a large spider Nigel, those legs are looking pretty sturdy.

    Hazel I get the tetra bit but what does the rest mean? abdomen maybe?

  • It's actually not that big, Gaynor, no need to panic yet!

    I think it's more likely a Nursery Web spider although Tetragnatha extensa (Long-jawed Orb Weaver) was my second possibility. However, in the end, I felt the body just didn't look quite right for that and it was on a tent of webs, like a spiderling nursery. Although it's not the best evidence, it's pose was also quite different. I still may be wrong, mind you :)

  • Thanks Nigel, long-jawed orb weaver, interesting, the things you learn on this page:-)  

  • Nigel O
    I think it's more likely a Nursery Web spider although Tetragnatha extensa (Long-jawed Orb Weaver) was my second possibility. However, in the end, I felt the body just didn't look quite right for that and it was on a tent of webs, like a spiderling nursery. Although it's not the best evidence, it's pose was also quite different. I still may be wrong, mind you :)

    I think you're right, the body may not have been that long! 

  • Nigel O
    Only once did I have to persuade one to bend its legs before putting the glass over it!!! Not in the UK I hasten to add.

        Lol Nigel,    I had same problem when I encountered a Huntsman spider on my first week in Australia when it was climbing up the bedroom wall  !!    We were in a motel/apartment at the time and only had mop and bucket to hand but it worked perfectly so I could put it back in the garden  lol       Was just a harmless (would only bite to defend itself  lol )   member of the Sparassidae family.     At the time if was a pretty daunting sight because of the sheer size of this insect  !  

    post edit:    LOL  I just read this article   !!

  • You were brave putting out that size spider during your first week over in Australia Hazy, think I might have called in the reserves!!

    Very funny  article, I like the way the passengers are sitting around as if nothing is bothering them, and then you see the empty seats:-)