Special features: The mouse spider gets its name from the grey coloured abdomen which is covered in tiny hairs and resembles mouse fur.
It doesn't create a web. Instead it wanders about in search of prey - usually at night.
Latin name: Scotophaeus blackwalli
Size: Approximately 9 to 12 mms long
Distribution: Found throughout the U.K.
Months seen: All year. More frequently in summer and autumn.
Food: Small insects and creepy-crawlies
Habitat: In southern Britain they are found in gardens and houses. In the north they are found in houses.