I like spiders. Having said that I need to list some exceptions to these feelings of benevolence. I don't like spiders in my bed, on my bedroom ceiling and under the dunny (toilet) seat. I especially dislike them sitting on my dashboard as I hurtle down the freeway at 110kmh. I don't like spiders that sneak up on you and sit on your shoulder or get entangled in your hair.
I like spiders that are in my garden and right where I expect them to be.
The exception to all of this is the Funnel Web Spider. Funnel webs are ranked in the top three most dangerous spiders in the world. I don't want him or her anywhere, especially him.I have never hung around long enough to take a photo of a funnel web. While other arachnid intruders are ushered gently out of my house (after the obligatory "eek"), a funnel web is usually squashed flat within seconds of discovery, lest it run and hide and leave the household in a state of nervous paranoia until it is despatched. In heavily funnel-webbed areas it is unwise to leave shoes outside or on the floor and they are notorious for taking a swim in backyard pools and lying on the bottom for hours.
|From Wikipedia- Male Funnel web, deadlier than his wife!|
|Above and below: Leaf-curler from my garden.|
Interesting to watch as it sets up house.
The male is so small it usually goes unnoticed.
|Huntsman - loves to come indoors and into cars.|