I know they are completely harmless…
… but I would be much happier if this Huntsman greebled somewhere other than my pantry. Its body is about 2cm long, and it has very spready legs that make it seem enormous.
We found it there yesterday evening. Miss Eight the Younger climbed up to look at it, and then said, “What will you do about it, Mum?”
“Leave it ’til your father gets home,” I replied.
“Good thinking, Mummy!” she said.
Mr Strange Land dealt with it satisfactorily, using a feather duster and a bucket to take it outside.
Update: Do read Gae’s greebley spider story, in comments, and another one from David Winter, mentioned in comments, and in full glorious detail, complete with picture, on NZ Sciblogs: Sunday Spinelessness – Arachnophobia.