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BBC Springwatch PRO 11:16pm, 28 October 2011
Hi all, to make it easier to find Britain's biggest spider for Chris, could you post your pics in this discussion. Arachnophobes please look away now!

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mosspaul1 PRO 5 years ago
House Spider by Neil Higginson (@NeilsPhotos)
Trickate 5 years ago
This spider is living in our bath at the moment - it is about the 4th so far this autumn (unless it is the same one coming back!).

spider in the bath by Trickate
afterforty‽ PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by afterforty‽ (member) 5 years ago
Certainly the biggest I have seen this autumn:

Soozy67 Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Soozy67 (member) 5 years ago
This would have looked even bigger if it had spread out a bit more - shy I guess.
2011-10-05 19.33.31
Jamie Barnett 5 years ago
Caught this house spider in a wide pint glass!
House Spider by Jamie Barnett
rachael-marie 5 years ago
Spider by rachael-marie
rachael-marie Posted 5 years ago. Edited by rachael-marie (member) 5 years ago
IMG_3102 by rachael-marie

Giant Spider keeping the population down in our shed!
brookster6 Posted 5 years ago. Edited by brookster6 (member) 5 years ago
house spider level view by brookster6

This one was found in my grandads house it was about 9cm long and 5cm width
alan m smith 5 years ago


A Raft Spider taken in the New Forest National Park. Alan Smith.
Bertsy 5 years ago
How about webs?
This is a whopper
Spider's web & spider, Bourton-on-water by Bertsy
Joestaffie 5 years ago
IMAG0252 by Joestaffie
bstoke birder 5 years ago
This photo was taken in the late 80's in my parents house in Hampshire. I think spiders were bigger back then!
The house brick is 6.5cm across which makes the leg span (front to back) about 9.5cm! And the legs aren't even at full stretch!

House Spider 1
Mazway17 5 years ago
Get off the sofa.. by Mazway17

Get off the sofa..

This little monster terrorised me for 3days following me round the house, up & down the stairs, legging it round the livingroom and climbing on the furniture!!

(Size: the squares on the sofa throw are 1cm squares so that should give you and idea)
jude7789 5 years ago
Walked past this wee thing, lucky i didnt squash him...

jel 1969 5 years ago
Segestria florentina
Tube web spider
Tegenaria sp
Tegenaria sp.
Tegenaria sp.   (Explored)
They tickle !!
SNAKETAT568 5 years ago
how do i post photos to this page?
alan m smith 5 years ago
I upload my photos to Photobucket and copy and paste the HTLM code into the 'Reply to this topic ' box. That works for me, although, if you upload your photos to your Flickr photostream page then there's probably a simpler way of showing them here.
CraigRandall78 Posted 5 years ago. Edited by CraigRandall78 (member) 5 years ago
My cat Debbie and a 3 inch house spider in my bath. The spider was saved and released by the way.
GrahamC57 5 years ago
Raft Swamp Spider

I saw about a dozen Raft spiders down in RSPB Arne.....
colin williams1 Posted 5 years ago. Edited by colin williams1 (member) 5 years ago
Spider-Mansfield by colin williams1

What a whoppa
dewdrop-designs 5 years ago
253 by dewdrop-designs

This spider is next to a 2p coin!
I complained that my husband didn't get the 2p round the right way. He said "When you have a spider that big trying to chase you, you don't care which way round the coin is, take the picture and run!"
eleanorH2011 Posted 5 years ago. Edited by eleanorH2011 (member) 5 years ago
31oct11 by eleanorH2011

This garden spider lives behind my shed and dwarfs all the other garden spiders we have. Pictured next to a 10p.
Stingray No1 5 years ago
Large Spider by Stingray No1

This spider was a very fast runner, and was one off several that I have released back into the garden, I had to hid behind the curtain to get this shot.
Daddles2 PRO 5 years ago
IMG_2735 by Daddles2
Daddles2 PRO 5 years ago
Son of Boris
IMG_2733 by Daddles2
SNAKETAT568 Posted 5 years ago. Edited by SNAKETAT568 (member) 5 years ago
quickwick2011 Posted 5 years ago. Edited by quickwick2011 (member) 5 years ago

We took this picture on holiday in Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex. It appeared on the ceiling above the bed during the night! We didn't have a ruler but hopefully the finger gives some kind of scale.
CallumCooperPhotography Posted 5 years ago. Edited by CallumCooperPhotography (member) 5 years ago
out in the garden, a giant house spider


cant add my pics :/
Tim McKinstry 5 years ago
Trying to find its way into the house no doubt.

Tegenaria Gigantea?

Bob_Carter_Hull 5 years ago
I took this photo of my not-so incy wincy spider. It's usually in the bath but only at week-ends! Here's the one picture - www.flickr.com/photos/43210094@N03/6289555859/in/photostream
ashley8353 5 years ago
Two photos of the same beast taken at my parents house. It lives in the passage between the house and the shed.

Spider_1 by ashley8353

Spider_2 by ashley8353
ali_cam231 5 years ago
Rather than a ruler we used to have a naming convention, Charles, Henry and George. We once had one living in the bath known as Charles Henry George.
freddieN4 5 years ago
larry the spider and his pound coin. london N4 at the weekend.
larry and his pound coin by freddieN4
Garry1968 PRO 5 years ago
Raft spiders are some of the uk largest, but not sure they are the longest legged....taken on Dorest heatlands,
Raft Spider

Raft Spider
Joshua Drake1 Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Joshua Drake1 (member) 5 years ago
The House Spider

Not sure if its the biggest on the above list but still impressive haha! ;) Shot this in spring but its still a spider! (:
nancy II-brb PRO 5 years ago
euggghhhh by nancy II-brb

this one captured a couple of years ago under an olde english cider glass which measures just over 3" diameter - it was helping me with my tax return :)
Bob_Carter_Hull 5 years ago
How do I add a photo here?
Clloydie's 5 years ago
You need to go to the page of the photo you want to show. Then copy the url. Then come back here and post it but use the [ ] to bracket it
Tettenborn Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Tettenborn (member) 5 years ago
spider by Tettenborn

This big boy was in the car park at work. I am completely arachnaphobic so this is as close as I could get without pooing myself! Unfortunately I didn't get any unit of scale but I can say that he was a whopper!
Karlos1960 PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Karlos1960 (member) 5 years ago
My little friend Boris - guarding my garage window.

Bob_Carter_Hull Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Bob_Carter_Hull (member) 5 years ago
Thanks clloydiefellows! Here's mine - I took the photo of it on a curtain - it's usually in the bath, but only at week-ends!

Incy wincy spider? by Bob_Carter_Hull
ci_vedo 5 years ago
Had to be removed from the house or else there would have been some very smelly girls! I really don't think they can be mine!


So big that even the cat didn't want to play with it!

I fondly named her 'suzy' and returned her to the garden! :O)
PSJ Picdump PRO 5 years ago
I've a sneaking suspicion that what Chris wanted to see was the biggest spider you've seen IN YOUR HOUSE THIS AUTUMN.
borristhespider 5 years ago
CIMG3493 by borristhespider
BBC Springwatch PRO 5 years ago
Great pictures everyone! I am collecting these right now ready for tomorrow's Unsprung. Be sure to watch. 9.30pm BBC Two.

Sam :)
grahamefire PRO 5 years ago

Pretty in Pink. Photo taken by good friens Chris who has me to upload it for him
Jim Bennett 88 5 years ago
Nursery web spider by Jim Bennett 88
SarahJaneThompson Posted 5 years ago. Edited by SarahJaneThompson (member) 5 years ago
Enormous House Spider by SarahJaneThompson

Not from this Autumn (hence no ruler) but biggest one we've ever caught!! Think that's a pint glass!
hornetfish PRO 5 years ago
Daphne caught in a pint glass in 2009 after partying under our TV for several nights in a row! Every evening she would creep out across the carpet on her way to bed.
Honestgreengrass 5 years ago
This has got to be the biggest! On a 4 x 2 roof joist!

Benandjim 5 years ago
229357_18931503784_564483784_207126_2805_n[1] by Benandjim
Dani_moo 5 years ago
Big Nick the Spider by Dani_moo
Oakdale Studios 5 years ago
Silver plated spider

A dead spider found in a cool-box, electroformed in copper, nickel plated then silver plated by Oakdale Studios

the KAO 5 years ago
trip n spider 009
shifty_eyes_01 5 years ago
spider in pint glass by shifty_eyes_01

spider on wall by shifty_eyes_01

one spider found in bedroom and put into a pint glass. it was trying to attack!
Claretini 5 years ago
295879_10150836278435154_707845153_21356208_86721306_n by Claretini

Monster found at the end of September 11, so no measurements. This is a sort of therapy for me, scrolling back and forth through these horrendous photos!
CherryB7 PRO 5 years ago
Photographed earlier on this year sitting on a standard sized house brick. Sorry for the fuzzy quality, taken on a mobile phone.

Autumnwatch Spider      by CherryB7
Pyrrhusuk Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Pyrrhusuk (member) 5 years ago
My son Harvey (almost 3) and his new friend . . Ray, Essex

IMG_1305 by Pyrrhusuk

IMG_1302 by Pyrrhusuk
E Breeze 5 years ago
Old hairy legs!


And a male, under a pint glass:

kahgwreiuahf 5 years ago
Giant house spider - for Autumnwatch 2011 by kahgwreiuahf
59chevy Posted 5 years ago. Edited by 59chevy (member) 5 years ago
big spider by 59chevy

phone size by 59chevy

I wasn't going to stop it making a call
A blond-Tess PRO 5 years ago
bobthecabbage 5 years ago
bobthecabbage 5 years ago
wessley wilmot 5 years ago

11cm Long (Buxworth Derbyshire) Wessley
jeff 81 Posted 5 years ago. Edited by jeff 81 (member) 5 years ago
Spider 1 by jeff 81

spider 2 by jeff 81

Spider on my kitchen floor in an 8cm diameter glass !!!
lauraandnick 5 years ago
IMG_2214 by lauraandnick

So big its eyes reflected in the light of the camera! Taken late August so no measurement but the pint glass it's under has a diameter of 8.5cm. Saw lots about this size (or the same one many times over!) in August/September but not so much now.

Laura and Nick (Norwich).
Wolvesjeff 5 years ago
A couple of Giant House Spiders photographed in my house

hpsf4u Posted 5 years ago. Edited by hpsf4u (member) 5 years ago
I can't upload my picture on here its driving me mad....:-(


this might have worked.....?

Yay but you have to open it... how annoying!!! but it was big approx 10cm (the size of my palm) not that I was going to try and hold it.... no way! :-) hope this goes on your fab graph Chris!...x
RComont2010 5 years ago
Not the biggest, but still pretty big: Argiope bruennichi
Argiope bruennichi, Dancing Ledge, 22-viii-2008 (6)

and Tegenaria saeva coming off second-best against Pholcus phalangoides:
Farm 191
I've seen bigger
house spider(tegenara gigantea)
aphotomoto 5 years ago
Essex Spider by aphotomoto

This was in my bedroom in Essex
Mickey P. 5 years ago
House Spider
I made it just under 3 inches, it was in the kitchen but refused to have its photo taken there. We've had bigger.
Mickey Parker
Mickey P. 5 years ago
Unholy Trinity
On the subject of spiders, our postage stamp garden is overrun with garden spiders this year?
Mickey Parker
frankeeg83 Posted 5 years ago. Edited by frankeeg83 (member) 5 years ago
Easily the largest spider on this page, after taking 20 minutes to subdue the target, he caved in and said he had enough.

Frank Grant, Newcastle Co. Down

shirlz3119 5 years ago
neil.t.franklin [deleted] Posted 5 years ago. Edited by neil.t.franklin (member) 5 years ago
It's under a large wine glass, over 9cm in diameter
neil.t.franklin [deleted] Posted 5 years ago. Edited by neil.t.franklin (member) 5 years ago
It's under a large wine glass, over 9cm in diameter
neil.t.franklin [deleted] Posted 5 years ago. Edited by neil.t.franklin (member) 5 years ago
It's under a large wine glass, over 9cm in diameter
neil.t.franklin [deleted] 5 years ago
I have another one living behind my fire, very shy but very big, so big you can here it walking across my carpet...honest!
Paul Dooley 5 years ago
spider in water jug by Paul Dooley
Paul Dooley 5 years ago
Spider in a water jug.....
LOFTY CHRIS KING 5 years ago
Spider with eyes too big for It's belly
LOFTY CHRIS KING 5 years ago
Hi I don't know how to post my picture on this page but if you click on my name it should POP up as It's the only picture I have on Flickr It's a picture of a little spider eating a big spider in It's web.
I also have a picture of a daddy longlegs eating a big spider. my little sister called the big spider harry she let it live in her room and one day when she went to check on him he was tangled up in the daddy longlegs's legs. Is this normal for a (daddy longlegs) don't know the correct name for this spider to eat a big spider??
I will try to up load the picture of this event.

Thanks Chris king from dover
ScottishCraig Posted 5 years ago. Edited by ScottishCraig (member) 5 years ago
Lovely big spider in my daughters bedroom in Newton Abbot - she's only just stopped screaming!!
LittleYellowCook Posted 5 years ago. Edited by LittleYellowCook (member) 5 years ago
Amazing looking 'spider?'
tauraco leucotis 5 years ago

Hmmm....Does this count?!?!! :)
taylorbritt 5 years ago
Not a very good pic but taken yesterday in a house at Camber sands East Sussex.

Tania Rose Esteban 5 years ago
Crestyhunter 5 years ago
Damn spiders are getting big! by Crestyhunter

Ok I know it ain't a house spider but imagine this living under your bed! :-)
roodles57 5 years ago
fishandsnap Posted 5 years ago. Edited by fishandsnap (member) 5 years ago
Not photoshopped in a beer glass with tape measure under the glass. I hope one photographed in late August is OK ?

For the BBC Autumn Watch Survey #1

For the BBC Autumn Watch Survey #3

One of the larger specimens I have seen and the biggest I have photographed, hence why I took scale shots, even though this thread had not been started.
23popstar87 [deleted] 5 years ago
23popstar87 [deleted] 5 years ago

Found outside by back door in orpington
nosily 5 years ago
IMG_0108 by nosily

Found lurking behind very old boxes in the garage
XStaysee 5 years ago
Heres mine and my dads input!




Location is South Devon, all three are of the same spider, take your pick of the pics!

Stacey Craft and my dad Gary Craft
QueenInk Posted 5 years ago. Edited by QueenInk (member) 5 years ago
Biggest house spider? by QueenInk

Yeah it's not real, but it's my house spider :D
Kelly Moon - Huddersfield.
Bob&AngieCarter Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Bob&AngieCarter (member) 5 years ago
The largest spider in UK with Fern our red cocker. Made by Topiary Art Design in Pakenham, Suffolk.
Chris has been in this field rubbing his legs !!
Steve kindly gave me permission to enter this photo.

Fern and Monster
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