SPIDER SURPRISE FOR SOPHIE
AWOMAN in Cardiff has found what appears to be a tube spider in her garden. Tube spiders are unusual in that they have six eyes (most spiders have eight) in a semicircle and have the first three pairs of legs arranged forward (most spiders have only the first two pairs arranged forward). Not only that, but they also have fangs which can appear a green colour. This one was spotted inside t h e wall of Sophie Gough’s house in the Llanrumney area of the city.
She said: “At the beginning of the week I was out the back garden when it was dark in the evening putting rubbish in the bin, and spotted a spider.
“It went back into a hole in the wall. I looked at its web and noticed it was a tunnel shape. It wasn’t until I watched it for the past few days I realised it wasn’t your average spider. “It is black with shiny green fangs. “I’ve done my research and I’m 100% sure it’s a tube spider.”
The spiders are found all around the world and are one of the largest types of spider in the UK.
They have a painful bite, said to be similar to the pain from a bee sting, with pain lasting about six hours.
But are tube spiders dangerous? Quite simply – no. They are not known as an aggressive species.
Lawrence Bee from the British Arachnological Society previously said houses are tube web spiders’ natural habitat.
He said: “There’s nothing to worry about – learn to live with them if you can.
“They are not the easiest things to catch, so you’d have to be very determined. They won’t attack – they are not aggressive.”
A tube spider and, right, the one living in Sophie Gough’s wall in Cardiff