Black House Spider
The Black House Spider has dark brown to black carapace and legs. The abdomen is charcoal grey with a dorsal pattern of white markings
Female is up to 18mm. Male is about 9mm
tree trunks, logs, rock walls and buildings (in window frames, wall crevices, etc).
insects such as flies, moths, beetles
The female Black House Spider never leaves her web unless forced to, but keeps on repairing it - old webs can look grey and woolly from constant additions of silk. Males, when ready to mate, go in search of females in their webs. The male plucks the web of the female to attract her attention.
southern and eastern Australia.
The bite may be quite painful and cause local swelling. Symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sweating and giddiness are occasionally recorded.