For days there have been more and more reports of sightings of the so-called “Nosferatu spider” in Germany. If you spot this unwanted visitor at home, you can report the sighting online.
The Nature Conservation Union (“NABU”) offers the opportunity to report on the online platform if you have seen a spider. To do this, open the website and select the option “Report Nosferatu Spider”.
Report a Nosferatu Spider sighting online
You can then select your location on the website using Google Maps. You can also specify the date of observation. In order to be able to classify the find more precisely, NABU asks that Add photos to the message. With the reports, the nature conservation association wants a get a precise overview of the occurrence of the spider. From this it can be deduced how this species is spreading in Germany due to climate change or other factors. The spider was first noticed in Germany in 2005. In recent years there have been repeated reports of such spiders, recently increasing.
What does the Nosferatu spider look like?
The spider’s name comes from the motif seen on the spider’s back, which is reminiscent of the film character “Nosferatu” from a 1922 non-Bram Stoker “Dracula” film adaptation. The spider is around 1 to 2 inches long. The span of the legs is about five centimeters. The scientific name is “Zorospis spinimana”.
If you want to know exactly what the spider looks like, watch the video. Attention, there are some eight-legged friends to see in the video and also in the following article. So scroll on at your own risk.
Some sightings of large spiders have also been reported on Twitter, but some users are unsure if they are the Nosferatu spider. If you discover an unusually large spider with you, send the picture to the nature conservation association.
The spider does not build webs to catch prey, but hunts other insects. However, threads are spun to lay eggs in a cocoon.
Is the Nosferatu spider dangerous?
The Nosferatu spider is native to the Mediterranean region. Actually, she likes it warmer. Due to the recent warmer months, the spider has also made itself comfortable in Germany. Now that it’s getting colder, the eight-legged creatures are more likely to lodge in houses and apartments, which is why there are so many sightings. One regularly reads that it is a “poisonous” spider. What does that mean exactly and what should you do if you suspect a Nosferatu spider is visiting you?
- Even if the visitor comes uninvited, you shouldn’t kill himbut catch and release.
- Used for this but not your handsbut for example a glass and a cardboard.
- The spiders bitewhen they feel threatened. Attacks are one of the last means of defense for the spider. They are much more likely to try to run away first.
- Unlike most domestic spiders, the Nosferatu spider can also bite through thin areas of skin.
- If you are bitten, you usually need each other don’t worry too much make. The bite should be approx a wasp sting with less pain and is usually harmless.
- If you have allergiesbut as a precaution you should report a spider bite to a doctor.
NABU itself describes the spider as “harmless”. So it’s big and scary, but not dangerous. Follow this link to report a find of the Nosferatu Spider.
Sources: NABU, Spiegel.de, Radio Westfalica
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