Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 6:24 PM
I send this photo in during a very busy time for you, so I am not surprised
that it received no attention. Now that it is the middle of the winter, you
might have less e-mail, so I thought I would try again. I am still very
curious whether I have correctly identified the (very scary to me) spider.
I took the photo in early September, in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
The black dots are spaced 1in apart, so the critter is about 2 inches.
Brief research has led me to believe it’s a Giant House Spider,
as described on this website:
You will be glad to know that despite of frightening me nearly to death when
it suddenly appeared on a floor next to me, it has been left alone. We never
saw it again; I am guessing our small apartment is not a very spider-friendly
place, having no dark undisturbed corners to build a spider web.
What do you think?
We believe this might be a male Giant House Spider, Tegenaria duellica, based on some images posted to BugGuide. We are sorry you had to wait so long for a reply, but summer is a very busy time for us.