Common to Europe, a scary American House Spider, full-face, in extreme close-up showing fangs, hairy chelicera and eight beady eyes

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Common to Europe, a scary American House Spider, full-face, in extreme close-up showing fangs, hairy chelicera and eight beady eyes
ALAN MORGAN PHOTOGRAPHY / Alamy Stock Photo
Image ID: M00KAJ
This image created from a stack of nearly 200 images to get the required depth of field at this magnification. The common house spider (Parasteatoda tepidariorum), referred to internationally as the American house spider, is a spider species of the genus Parasteatoda that is mainly indigenous to the New World. American house spiders are synanthropic and build their webs in or near human dwellings, often in secluded areas such as between loose walls and behind open doors and attic windows. American house spiders can bite humans if picked up. Although the bite of this species is relative less severe compared to other theridiids, bites of P. tepidariorum can cause severe pain with a median duration of 16 hours, and in some cases systemic effects, similar to false widows spiders.
Location: Dorset, England, United Kingdom