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Doris the giant tube web spider keeps Whitstable conservatory pest-free by eating false widows

A monster spider, which even preys on the feared false widow, has been found in a Whitstable conservatory.

The creepy, black-bodied creature is believed to be a Segestria Florentina, also known as the tube web spider – the largest spider species in the UK.

The eight-legged beast crawled out from a thick nest inside Dee Stringer’s conservatory in Milstrood Road and has left her terrified.

Dee Stringer next to the spider's lair. Picture Tony Flashman

Dee Stringer next to the spider’s lair. Picture: Tony Flashman

If it bites her, it could cause excruciating pain for hours.

But Dee, 51, has decided to let it stay as it has eaten all the other spiders, flies or mosquitoes that have made the fatal move into the conservatory.

“I’ve researched it and if it bites me, it can cause swelling and pain, but I’m hoping as we are being so hospitable, it might be all right!” – Dee

Dee said: “I’ve had spiders before but never anything like this. Nothing this big or with fangs or this black.

“I was really scared when I first saw it but I have got used to it being there now.

“I’ve researched it and if it bites me, it can cause swelling and pain, but I’m hoping as we are being so hospitable, it might be all right!

“But she’s eating so much and if she’s pregnant, I don’t fancy having a whole family of these spiders. She’s already eaten a false widow and a couple of other spiders and insects.”

After posting a picture on Facebook, friends and family voiced their concern for Dee and said it looked like the deadly black widow.

But she has since had it confirmed as the tube web spider and named it Doris.

A tube web spider was found in a Whitstable woman's conservatory

A tube web spider was found in a Whitstable woman’s conservatory

The tube web spider has large fangs and their bites are reported to feel like a bee sting or a deep injection with a pain that can last for several hours.

They have been spotted in Britain before and live across the Mediterranean, Argentina, Australia, and several Atlantic islands.

Their body is black, sometimes with iridescent shine, especially on the fangs, and they often hide away during the day and creep out at night.

Dee said: “It is living right next to our electrical box, so I’m quite worried about the next time I have to get in there.

“For now, she’s okay where she is but I’m hoping we don’t get any more.”

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