European House Spider and Eggs
A European House Spider took up residence in a corner of the ceiling in the girls’ room and made an egg case, which I took pictures of on June 19, 2012
We’d actually noted her making and guarding the egg case some time before, but I was prompted to take the pictures because she had apparently abandoned them, walking all the way over to the far side of the ceiling. Note how thin she was after laying eggs, and then probably not eating for a couple of weeks.
The reason she had wandered off was probably because her eggs were hatching. We can see some of the little spiderlings inside the egg sac if we look closely. If she had stayed with them, she might have been tempted to eat them.
So anyway, the little spiderlings eventually dispersed through the house. We see them from time to time, but for the most part they stay out of sight. I don’t mind having them around at all, they aren’t hurting anyone. As far as that goes, they are probably doing their bit to keep down other little creatures in the house, like fungus gnats from the potted plants, or any carpet beetles or earwigs that might sneak inside.