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Super scary spider spotted

For those of us with arachnophobia, it was not the post we wanted to see.

A picture of an eight-legged monstrosity popped on the Vernon and Area Community Forum Facebook page and it immediately had people chatting about what kind of spider it was.

Most agreed, it was a scary spider.

Amanda Darbyson posted the picture of the black, hairy arachnid that she saw near her home on Wellingtion Drive in the Harwood area of Vernon.

The post received dozens of comments ranging from pure horror such a beast is running wild in the Okanagan, to people wondering what it was.

Darbyson said she was shocked when she spotted the spider.

“It sure was freaky, wonder if it's a new breed of spider in the area,” she told Castanet. “I've had a lot of guesses from people on the Vernon Community Forum, but nothing 100 per cent confirmed. We did send the pic to a spider website who said that it looked like a folding-door spider.”

A quick Google search for a folding-door spider comes up with a similar looking critter.

“I don't normally take pics of spiders but with this one I had to, nothing I'd ever seen before,” she said.

According to Wikipedia, the folding-door spider, also known as a trapdoor spider, “is difficult to see when the door is closed because the plant and soil materials effectively camouflage it. The trapdoor is hinged on one side with silk. The spiders, which are usually nocturnal, typically wait for prey while holding on to the underside of the door with the claws on their tarsi. Prey is captured when insects, other arthropods, or small vertebrates disturb the 'trip' lines the spider lays out around its trapdoor, alerting the spider to a meal within reach. The spider detects the prey by vibrations and, when it comes close enough, leaps out of its burrow to make the capture.”

 



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