Epidemic of cannibalistic tube spiders continues: Watch moment green-fanged arachnid leaps out of nest and feasts on insect
This is the terrifying moment a green-fanged cannibal spider leapt from its nest in a UK home and gobbled up a daddy long legs.
Mum Michelle Midwinter captured the footage after the cannibalistic tube spider invaded her home in North Bradley, Wiltshire.
The mum-of-one, 30, was horrified when she first came face-to-face with the eight legged creature – one of the largest types in the UK which has a bite like a bee sting.
The creepy arachnid which has a thick black body up to 2.2cm wide, landed on the young mum’s shoulder as she walked into her garage with her two-year-old daughter nearby, but it escaped after she tried to catch it.
After the terrifying close encounter, she then discovered another of the eight legged beasts had set up a nest in her home.
Concerned for her daughter, she spoke to a spider expert – who identified the creature as a tube web spider – and decided to catch the creature by luring it out into the open with a tasty insect.
In a split second dash for its meal, Michelle managed to film the moment the hungry tube spider grabbed the helpless insect in one sinister swoop. She then scooped the second into a glass and put it outside.
Michelle said: “I thought the spider might pounce on anything moving – it looked pretty menacing.
“So to lure it out, I thought I’d feed it a crane fly near its nest to see what would happen.
“As you can see the spider popped straight out, dragging the prey back into its nest.
“I must admit it was actually much bigger than I thought it would be – previous to this you could only really see its front legs and head as it sat at the entrance to its nest.”
After filming the skin-crawling video, brave Michelle managed to capture the eight legged creature in a glass where she could examine it more closely.
She said: “It was then that I noticed it had bigger fangs than I’ve seen on any other spider I had previously caught, which is why I tried to film it. You can clearly see its shiny green fangs.
“After originally considering trying to get the spider back in its nest I thought I had better put it out at the end of the garden.
“I admit that after I released it I ran away in case it chased me because it looked pretty angry when it was trapped in the wine glass.
“After talking to my friend – who’s a spider expert – it is more than likely that there are more of them about.
“They tend to stay in their nest and you can only see them sitting at the entrance at night so I doubt a lot of people would even notice them if they were outside.”
Both sexes of the tube web spider – also known as the Segestria Florentina – have fangs that reflect with a striking green shine.
They often spin tubular webs in the crack of buildings to form nests, waiting at the entrance to strike when their prey gets too close.
It is common for the spider to be more prominent in British homes between June and November.
The offspring of a female tube spider will often eat their own mother after she has hatched her eggs inside the tube web.
A bite from the spider, which is compared to a ‘deep injection’, can be painful and last for several hours