Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Grey house spider

Badumna longinqua (Koch)

Order: Araneae
Family: Desidae

Size range

  • Medium–sized spider. Body length about 15 mm


  • Australian native
  • Found throughout New Zealand

Life History

  • Untidy webs often found inside and on the outside of houses. Also on car mirrors
  • Hides in a retreat at the base of the web till an insect is caught in the web
  • Eats anything caught in the web, – blowflies, houseflies and moths