I have a new desk companion. He dropped in on me – or rather my computer – yesterday evening and seems to have made himself at home on my desk.
I say “he” though he could as easily be a “she”, and I am not in a position to say one way or the other. I have decided to call him – or her – Tiggy, which is a suitably unisex name.
Tiggy appeared on the screen of my computer yesterday evening. At first I thought I must have been infected by one of those programs that change your mouse pointer into a kitten or a cloud of stars but, to my relief, found he was definitely on the outside of the glass.
Looking up spiders on Google, we decided this one is a house spider, Latin name tegenaria, but if anyone knows better, please let me know. I was thinking of catching him and putting him outside but the name “house spider” suggests he would be just as happy indoors.
Tiggy spends his time sitting completely still or rushing around. He seems to take a certain interest in following a cable along its length and, believe me, there are plenty to choose from on this desk. I suddenly found him abseiling down from the lamp over the desk though how he had got up there in the first place, I don’t know.
He tends to disappear and that’s when I get worried and don’t close the lid of the lap top or move anything around in case I squash him. I am also concerned that he may not be getting anything to eat though I don’t know exactly what Tiggy would eat anyway. Maybe he is just over-wintering with us before setting out into the wide, wide world in the spring. If so, then as long as he doesn’t starve or attract Freya’s attention, he’s found a good place to stay.