Name: Giant House Spider
Scientific name: Tegenaria gigantea
Nature Stars: 20
About: The large, long legged hairy house spider that lives behind the fireplace or under the sofa. Females have a body of up to 1.5cm long, but can look a lot larger with their long spreading legs. They spin cobwebs, sheet-like webs near to the ground.
How to identify: One of several very similar species of house spider.
Fantastic fact: House spiders can live for several months without eating or drinking.
Photograph credit: Dr Malcolm Storey