Düsseldorf It actually comes from the Mediterranean region, but it also seems to feel at home here – people are discovering the Nosferatu spider more and more frequently in houses and apartments. What a spider expert advises.
The Nosferatu spider is a walking spider, which means it doesn’t spin a web. This is one of the reasons why it is often a surprise – especially for spider phobics – when they discover the animal in their home. No advance warning from spider webs in the garage or basement. But they are being spotted in more and more NRW cities. in the Paid Content In the district of Kleve, a woman discovered a specimen and determined the species using an app. In Jüchen, too, a spider expert was able to clearly identify the animal in a family’s garage. According to media reports, such a spider was also sighted in the Coesfeld district in Münsterland. The sightings are piling up, and the crawling animals were also found in Leverkusen, Büttgen and Grevenbroich.
There are also numerous finds that have not yet been confirmed by any experts. After we reported on the new spider species in our newspaper, numerous readers from Frechen, Düsseldorf and Mönchengladbach got in touch. They, too, had discovered spiders that could also belong to the zoropsis spinimana species, as it is biologically correctly called.
For Stephan Loksa, spider expert at Aquazoo Löbbecke in Düsseldorf, this is hardly surprising: “The species has now arrived here, but originally comes from the warmer Mediterranean region. It’s getting too cold outside for her.” When it’s raining and the temperatures drop, if only at night, the spiders look for a place with a more stable climate – and they find it inside houses and apartments. “It may well be that the spider will therefore be discovered indoors more often in the future when autumn comes,” says Loksa. However, the spider is still new here, and a few more specimens are needed, which are found here and identified by experts in order to be able to explain their behavior outside their original habitat more precisely.
The Nosferatu spider belongs to the species of wolf spiders, even though biologically it is not a true wolf spider. These spiders are hunting and walking spiders, so they catch their prey on the ground rather than with the help of a web, Loksa says. That’s why you don’t find any abandoned spider webs, but in case of doubt the animal, which can also be quite large with a size of up to eight centimeters (including the legs). At least compared to native species.
But Loksa emphasizes that the Nosferatu spider does not pose any danger. It is poisonous, but so is the native garden spider. The bite is comparable to the pain of a wasp or bee sting, and if you are not allergic, you should not expect any health problems. “Pick up the spider with a glass and a piece of paper and take it outside,” advises the expert. “But walk a little, the spider is looking for a shelter again. Then at least she won’t end up back in her apartment.”
Stephan Loksa has not yet seen a NRW specimen of the Nosferatu spider. “I once found one in Hungary and kept it on hand,” he says. “If I had known that the spider would soon make it to NRW, I would have brought the animal with me. That’s always useful for educational work.” But if the reports from North Rhine-Westphalia continue to pile up, it shouldn’t be too long before he can also examine a North Rhine-Westphalian Nosferatu spider.
Here is the photo gallery: The Nosferatu spider was sighted in these NRW cities