Its that time of year again, and big House Spiders have started appearing here and there chez nous; this one was on the wall of our hallway at night.  There no sense of scale here but – particularly with that wonderfully outstretched, hairy leg – this one can’t be far short of 2 inches (5 cm) across.

A great Natural World enthusiast, I’ve had a lot of wonderful encounters with wildlife over the years, particularly – but far from exclusively – during 12 years’ residence in Kenya, where I worked as a safari leader for several years.  I suppose my most memorable encounter was being with Mountain Gorillas on the Virunga volcanoes in Rwanda: we were on foot, they looked at us, we looked at them, and that was an experience both powerful and moving.

But, on a far more local scale, memorable encounters have happened here at home too.  I’ll never forget offering my forefinger to a Red Admiral butterfly, motionless on our back lawn on a chilly autumn morning, and being enthralled as the insect climbed up onto my finger and remained there – perhaps glad of my slight warmth.  And then again, with these big House Spiders, out of devilment I sometimes get down on the floor beside them and give them the gentlest of prods, which instantly sends them off into totally chaotic retreat >>> a valued and enduring memory is actually hearing one’s hurtling footsteps as it rushed across an A4 sheet of paper lying on the floor – magic, simply magic!

There is another recent spider picture here: 1 .

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to further enlarge it – recommended.

Technique: TG-5 at 30mm (equiv), used in Microscope mode, which allows focusing down to 1cm; 1600 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Portrait profile; south Bristol; 21 Sept 2019.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

10 Responses to HOME 2 – HOUSE SPIDER

  1. Meanderer says:

    I love its wonderful hairy legs! Have seen a couple harvest men in the house this past week. We also have one or two large black spiders who now and again come out at night in the lounge ready to crawl up my legs 🙂 I like them.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I expect the large black spiders are House Spiders like this one – think I read that this is one of the largest spiders in Europe. Thing is, they are apparently very short-sighted, so that they are far more afraid of us then we are of them – and hence to my giving them a gentle prod and watching (and hearing!) them rush off. Yes, no reason not to like them – and they help control many other invertebrates around the home.

      I have an interesting book – Collins guide to “Wildlife In House And Home” – interesting to find out what can be around! A 🙂

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  2. I have a terrific love for nature and its creatures. That said, I like my spiders in the great outdoors😏. Nice photo Adrian!


  3. You are definitely the arachnowhisperer! I’d love to see that getting down on the floor. If that were me I’d never get back up!

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  4. Robert says:

    Incalculable beauty in the natural world, so fantastically captured by you!


  5. I carry them and leave them outside. Had it been a cockroach though, I’d have run outside.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Hahaha! >>> well you’re braver than me!!! >>> although I do on occasion give these spiders a gentle prod to enjoy their panic, I don’t think I could ever bring myself to pick one up! That said, I wouldn’t have any qualms about picking a cockroach up – as always in this world, we are all different, all individuals!

      On this blog somewhere, perhaps with a cockroach tag, is a picture of a cockroach that I squashed in my kitchen in Kenya, many years ago >>> as I went to make my breakfast, I noticed movement in the corpse >>> and a parasitic worm crawled out of it, presumably out of its gut, and made off (for a short way) across the table top! Adrian 🙂


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