Giant house spider spotted outside supermarket in Tórshavn

Tegenaria atrica, a giant house spider, has been spotted outside a Tórshavn-based supermarket, reports Faroese news website VP.

Tegenaria atrica is one of the fastest invertebrates in the world, running up to half a metre per second.

It is one of the biggest spiders of Central and Northern Europe, but the bite of this species does not pose a threat to humans or pets, and the spider is generally reluctant to bite, preferring instead to hide or escape.

It is likely that the spider has arrived in the country in imported goods, writes VP.

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