Spotted: A fifth tenant in our building.
Actually I noticed this little (well, not quite) guy outside our house when taking out last night’s trash. Being the OCD photog I am, I grabbed my tripod and popped a few long exposure shots.
I did some research to help myself sleep. Here’s what I found:
The house spider: This is an imported spider with world wide distribution. In southern California this spider is more common in gardens, on trees, walls and buildings. It hangs in the center of its web with its legs characteristically folded over its carapace, often with one or more grey to reddish-brown, papery, teardrop shaped egg sacs. Achaearanea may be distinguished from the similar Tidarron by the gray striped abdomen with a pattern of chevrons near and above the spinnerets. Males have legs similar in length to the 1/4 inch females, but are reddish brown and more slender. We have several other species of Achaearania in southern California.
Is this true? Is this fatty just your common house spider? Am I overreacting after a series of traumatic spider-in-bed experiences in Pullman? As long as he stays outside, we’re cool.
10 sec at f/6.3