A moment of silence for Spaghetti Joe, the mature female mountain huntsman spider who took up residence in my home toward the beginning of autumn this year.
Mountain Huntsman Spider | Sparassidae | Isopeda Montana
Sadly, Spaghetti Joe passed away peacefully under the upstairs futon last week.
Her death appears to have been from natural causes and feline involvement is not suspected.
My girl Spaghetti Joe getting snug in a corner of the ceiling.
Spaghetti Joe sulking behind the desk.
Spaghetti Joe was a sizeable arachnid, with a body length around 30mm and leg span over 100mm (though it is difficult to get an accurate leg-span when they prefer to keep their leggies curled inward), she must have been about as big as they can get this far south.
With a life expectancy of 2-3 years it is possible that she was already quite old upon entering the house back in March, and likely died as a result of the recent cold weather.
Her enthusiasm for running out from behind wall-mounted objects at top speeds will be sorely missed and I will never forget that one time when she fell down from the ceiling and then sulked behind a desk for 5 hours.
R.i.P. Spaghetti Joe, beloved sparassidaughter and friend.
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