A woman has revealed how her boyfriend went from being ‘horrified’ by her year-old ‘pet’ house spider to catching flies for her in her spare time.
The Victorian woman said her partner was in shock when she informed him that the spider, which lived on her kitchen window sill, would also be moving in with him.
âWhen I moved in with my partner, I told him I was bringing my spider,â the woman wrote in a Facebook post.
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Woman revealed how she brought her house spider to her boyfriend’s house when they moved in together
âI put it in a container with its little boxes of vegetables and put it on the window here. He just couldn’t believe it, âshe said.
But after a year of sharing the same space, the man is very fond of the spider the couple affectionately describes as their “little girl.”
The once horrified “boyfriend” is now fascinated by two-year-old cobwebs.
âThis is the story of what true love can accomplish,â the woman wrote of the man’s relationship with his spider.
She shared a video of the spider feeding a live fly and asked how long they can expect their “baby girl” to live.
And the post quickly went viral, with the video having been viewed more than 64,000 times in the Spider Identification Group.
âI also got attached to the spiders in my house, they are an essential part of our household, so I can understand why you wanted to bring it with you,â said one man, explaining that the species usually lives up to three years.
The spider is now two years old and is affectionately referred to as “our little girl” by the couple.
“Being at the end of his life, it is possible that a man will come and perform the deed, leading to a new generation of humble badumna to protect your home from all those pesky flies.” he said.
“It’s not a black house spider, it’s a black castle spider.” Very impressive web, âsaid another woman.
‘It’s so sweet. I don’t think they live very long, but how you have had this incredible relationship with a creature that so many others are afraid of, âpraised one woman.
Others said they had similar experiences with the badumna spider, keeping them as family “pets” for four years or more.
âWe had one on our windowsill in the laundry room. We called her Rowena and she lived just under four years. We gave her flies a few times a week and sprayed her web with water on hot summer days, âsaid one woman, adding that the whole family was sad when she passed away.
House spiders make “messy” funnel-style webs and live an average of two to three years
âI had a little badumna that lived on the window sill above my toilet. I was only home for a year but called her Charlotte because she just had a very motherly energy. She was always crawling when I walked into the bathroom and I felt like she was watching over me, âanother woman revealed.
Some asked for updates from the wife on the family’s âlove storyâ.
âOkay, now we’re all invested in this little one’s life. Please continue to give us regular updates. ‘
Others desperately wanted to know if she had a name.
âWe really call her our little girl, sometimes shalob like lord of the rings or little fatso,â she told Femail.
And some have warned that the woman’s partner might be less understanding when a spider quickly grows much larger.
âI had one in our bathroom which I took care of for a while. One morning I walked into the bathroom and there were babies EVERYWHERE I counted 48 but there were more, âone man said.
What is a badumna spider?
Badumna is commonly known as the black house spider and is widespread throughout Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.
The black house spider typically has messy-looking lacy webs with funnel-style entrances.
The female spider never leaves her web unless forced to, but continues to mend it – old webs can appear gray and woolly from the constant additions of silk.
Bites in humans are infrequent but can be painful, causing localized swelling, nausea, vomiting and sweating.
Source: Australian museum
“I love your story, is my boyfriend ready for this canvas to become a nursery and a few hundred babies?” I only say this because I have this but on an outside wall. A web now has 20 or more, âsaid one man.
âI had one in our bathroom which I took care of for a while. One morning I walked into the bathroom and there were babies EVERYWHERE I counted 48 but there were more, âsaid another man.
And another woman had a similar story to share.
And another woman had a similar story to share
âI had this experience with one in my kitchen window. I was fascinated and let the eggs hatch, as they burst out of the bag, my fascination turned to “oh crap,” she wrote.
Others shared photos of their spider friends living in garages, bathrooms, and even bedrooms.
âThank goodness I’m not the only one, sometimes I spray water on the web and think I’ve gone crazy,â one woman said.
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