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Britain's largest spider found in man's back garden

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
The spider was identified as a Segestria Florentina - also known as the tube web spider
The spider was identified as a Segestria Florentina - also known as the tube web spider

Britain's largest spider has been found in a man's back garden.

Matthew Field (42), an amateur photographer, discovered the relatively big arachnid in his garden at the weekend. 

The five-inch spider was identified, Kent Online reports, as a Segestria Florentina - also known as the tube web spider. 

It preys on other spiders, including the feared False Widow, and is the biggest species of spider found in the UK. 

Mr Field, who is a local DJ, says he found it surrounded by numerous dead spiders when he unrolled a canvas. 

 "It startled me – it wasn’t happy that I had disturbed it and it definitely eats spiders as prey.

"It definitely startled me – my first instinct was to back away and start taking photos of it.

"It went under my chair and I sat for the afternoon with it under my chair listening to the radio."

"It’s got two distinctive lines of tiny little eyes and two fangs that look like two big sugar puffs in its mouth."

Tube spiders are not especially dangerous but they can bite. 

Mr Field added: "I used to be terrified of spiders, I was a right arachnophobe.

"But now I’ve grown up I’ve realised it was stupid and have got over it - there are lots in my garden and they don’t bother me at all.

"They come in during the winter but this one I didn’t want to pick up. It’s the biggest one I have ever seen in England."

Hopefully the species is happy enough in Britain and won't be arriving on our shores anytime soon...