DAccording to a study, the Nosferatu spider is much more widespread in Germany than previously thought. With the help of a nationwide reporting portal, it was determined that the spider was already widespread in almost all of Germany in 2022, writes the German Nature Conservation Union (Nabu). It was rare only in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Their territory is more than 2.3 times larger than expected, report Alexander Wirth and Gaby Schulemann-Maier Nabu-naturgucker in the journal Frontiers in Arachnid Science. “These spiders are now likely to be even more widespread,” Schulemann-Maier said in a Nabu statement.

The Nosferatu spider (Zoropsis spinimana) is one of the largest spiders in Germany and one of the few whose bite can penetrate human skin. The symptoms of the bite are described as those of a wasp sting. A spider bites very rarely, in case of immediate danger.

Leg span about five centimeters

According to Nabu, the spider reaches a body length of up to two centimeters and a leg span of about five centimeters. Adults and spiders are found in Germany all year round. They spend the winter in buildings such as houses or garages. They feed on flies, butterflies and other spiders, which can sometimes be larger than themselves.

According to Nabu, the spider from the Mediterranean region was first seen in Germany in 2005. Since then, it has spread rapidly. He got his name because his body is said to bear the face of the 1922 silent film vampire Nosferatu.