The sexes are quite similar, but the males have a slimmer abdomen and longer legs. This is the smaller of the Tegenaria, the abdomen has dark chevron markings which can be variable, and the overall colour can vary from being dark to yellowish-grey. Body length up to 10mm.
It builds sheet-webs with a funnel from which it will dart out to snare its prey like insects and other invertebrates.
Seen all year round. Found in houses and outbuildings, and it can also be found in caves and tree hollows. A common and widespread species.
Photograph of Common House Spider (Tegenaria domestica), taken April 2013, rear garden fence, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2013. Camera used Nikon Coolpix P500.