WANTED – Large House spiders

Posted on 17th September 2012

from Tyne & Wear, south-eastern Northumberland and north-eastern County Durham, Hartlepool and Darlington.
Can you help with a research project investigating the distributions of species of Large House spider in North East England?

These large, brown spiders are mostly seen in August through to October when males run across floors and frequently become trapped in baths and sinks. They have a body length of 1 to 1.5 cm and long legs (see right). If you, or a relative or friend live in the regions of interest, and are prepared to capture spiders alive, I’d be extremely grateful.

They should be sent in individual containers (e.g. half a toilet roll tube sealed at the ends) punctured with a few small air holes and containing a scrap of damp, not wet, tissue. Pack the tube(s) in a crushproof container and post to: Dr Geoff Oxford, Department of Biology (Area 14), University of York, Wentworth Way, Heslington, York YO10 5DD. Please supply your name and address and for each individual write on its container the date found, the post code it was found at and exactly where it was found e.g. inside a house, garden shed etc. It may also be possible to identify dead, dried individuals.

All material will be acknowledged and postage costs reimbursed.

For more information, please e-mail: geoff.oxford@york.ac.uk