Spotted spider found trapped inside a sponge inside a tube found at a Sydney café is the latest example of the problems that can occur when spiders are trapped inside tubes.
The tube was spotted by a customer at The Spinster Café in Bondi.
It is thought to be a spider with a black-and-white abdomen, but the owner of the café was unsure whether it was a spider that lives inside a spongy or a tube.
“I can’t remember seeing a spider in one of these tubes before, but we did see one when we were there last year,” Ms Tully said.
“It was just a very small one, about a millimetre.”
We took it in to the spider expert for a scan and they said it was probably a tube, but they couldn’t tell if it was real.
“It was so small that it was kind of hard to spot, so we had to take it to a spider expert who came and looked at it.”
They confirmed it was definitely a spider, but were unable to identify it.
“When we asked if it’s a spider or tube, they said, ‘It could be a tube’ and they couldn of course.”
And the spider said ‘no, it’s not a spider’.
“So it is a little scary.”
The spider is about two centimetres long and has a black and white abdomen.
“I have to say I am relieved that I didn’t have to deal with this situation when I was a young girl, and I have seen the pictures that we get of spiders in tubes.”
But I’m also a bit sad because this tube is a very common sight in Bonding, particularly in areas with a lot of spider infestations.
“Ms Tully says the spider has been in the shop for about six months and is used to being around people.”
Sometimes they get a bit antsy because they are not used to seeing them.
“So sometimes when they come to the shop they are a little nervous.”
If you have got a young spider it is better if you just leave it in a box, but if you don’t want to see it you should have it in the back of the shop, where it can be seen by people.
“A spokesperson for the city of Sydney said the spider had been seen around the city and was not likely to be re-introduced.