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Green-Fanged Cannibal Spider Rushes Out Of Nest To Devour Prey

05/11/2014 11:27 GMT | Updated 05/11/2014 11:59 GMT

This is the spine-chilling moment a green-fanged 'cannibal' spider races out of its nest to devour an unsuspecting daddy long legs.

Unfortunately for Blighty-based arachnophobes, the horrible scene did not occur in some far-flung tropical land.

Michelle Midwinter captured the grim footage in her home in North Bradley, Wiltshire.

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No mercy: The tube web spider bolts out of its hole to seize its prey

The arachnid is a tube web spider - also known as Segestria Florentina - with six eyes, a thick black body measuring up to 2.2cm in width and fangs which appear to glow a menacing green colour.

Their bite has been likened to that of a “deep injection” with the pain lasting for up to six hours.

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Midwinter, 30, encountered the arachnid when it dropped onto her shoulder as she walked to her garage with her two-year-old daughter.

Despite her attempts to catch it, the spider escaped. But Midwinter had an equally close encounter just hours later when she found another had set up a nest in her home.

Concerned for her daughter, she spoke to a spider expert – who identified the creature as a tube web spider – and decided to catch the creature by luring it out into the open with a tasty insect.

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The arachnid was identified after Michelle Midwinter trapped it and showed it to an expert

In a split second dash for its meal, Midwinter managed to film the moment the hungry tube spider grabbed the helpless insect in one sinister swoop. She then scooped the second into a glass and put it outside.

Midwinter said: “I thought the spider might pounce on anything moving – it looked pretty menacing.

“So to lure it out, I thought I’d feed it a crane fly near its nest to see what would happen. As you can see the spider popped straight out, dragging the prey back into its nest.

“I must admit it was actually much bigger than I thought it would be – previous to this you could only really see its front legs and head as it sat at the entrance to its nest.”

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Midwinter first encountered one of the spiders when it landed on her shoulder

After filming the skin-crawling video, Midwinter managed to capture the eight legged creature in a glass where she could examine it more closely.

She said: “It was then that I noticed it had bigger fangs than I’ve seen on any other spider I had previously caught, which is why I tried to film it. You can clearly see its shiny green fangs.

“After originally considering trying to get the spider back in its nest I thought I had better put it out at the end of the garden.

“I admit that after I released it I ran away in case it chased me because it looked pretty angry when it was trapped in the wine glass.

“After talking to my friend – who’s a spider expert – it is more than likely that there are more of them about.

“They tend to stay in their nest and you can only see them sitting at the entrance at night so I doubt a lot of people would even notice them if they were outside.”

Both sexes of the tube web spider have fangs that reflect with a striking green shine.

They often spin tubular webs in the crack of buildings to form nests, waiting at the entrance to strike when their prey gets too close.

It is common for the spider to be more prominent in British homes between June and November.

The offspring of a female tube spider will often eat their own mother after she has hatched her eggs inside the tube web.

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