Beware, dear Reader. After reading about 2Summers‘ recent spider moment, and some friendly encouragement, I decided to give in and do another spider post. So yes, this is yet another post about spiders – in particular Rain Spiders which is very common in these parts. I can’t remember a time when more than a week would go by without my noticing one, or more, of these spiders in my home. If you are interested you can read about some of my other spider-moments here (very up-close and personal) and here.
About a month ago these spiders surprised me yet again. As I was entering my flat, returning from a visit with my parents, I just happened to glance up at the ceiling. Why? I have no idea. I’m not in the habit of looking around when I enter my home as I know what it looks like. Should I call it intuition? I don’t know. What I saw on the white ceiling were these black spots that were totally out of place. Did I suddenly get a mold problem? The lighting wasn’t good in the flat so I decided to inspect it the next day.
A few minutes later I was sitting in front of the television sipping coffee and found my gaze returning to the ceiling. I couldn’t let it go, I just couldn’t! I’m curious that way, and finding mold in such a scattered pattern was something I haven’t seen before. So up I got, dragged a chair closer and carefully inched my face closer for a good look. The ceiling isn’t very high, hence the “careful inching”. Imagine my surprise when I found the “mold” to be a zillion eight-legged creatures! Be proud of me, dear Reader – I didn’t scream. I did almost break my neck, and the chair, to put some distance between me and the little critters.
After the shock wore off I ran for my camera. I’ve never seen spiderlings before and I also knew that I wanted to share the “find” with my friend, Lisa, who is really into the spider-thing. After taking a few snaps of this phenomena in my flat I started deliberating what I should do. I don’t begrudge spiders their place on earth, but having that many babies sharing my home made me very uneasy. There was no way for me to gather them all up and put them outside, so I turned into the wickedbroomlady and removed them from the ceiling. That’s when I saw that there were more still against the wall (photo above) – I haven’t even known they were there! And that white blob – could that be the nest they hatched from?!
I couldn’t get a good angle on the ones that sat on the ceiling, but I did get a fair shot of one cluster. I isolated one of the spiderlings (photo below) using software to try and get an even better look at it. Like I said, I’m curious. At a guess the spiderlings were each between 5-10mm across in size at the time.
The last couple of days I found this slightly bigger spiderling (photo below) measuring roughly at around 30mm across. Yes, I did measure it with a tape measure – from a distance! I’m guessing this is one of the survivors from the broom-attack.