Here's a lovely male Vagrant Spider that came inside tonight. He is about 6cm across. We have been having a BBQ party to say farewell to my son James and his lovely German girlfriend Silke, and the doors were open so I guess he thought he would pop inside and check out the place.
They are nocturnal, not well studied, and man, can they run fast! This one pattered audibly across the carpet before I cornered him and got him into a jar. I will take some more photos and let him go down the bank of the estate.
See the salmon-pink palp… I thought it was a bit of debris on the carpet at first, until I looked them up. In twenty-two years here, it's the first one I've seen.
Some people keep them as pets, and I can certainly see the appeal.
Loads more news to share. See you tomorrow.