White-tailed spiders live in gardens and inside houses, beneath bark and rocks, in leaf litter and are often found in the folds of clothes, towels and shoes.

They do not build webs and are most active at night when they hunt for other spiders. Their favoured prey is the grey house spider which build their zigzag webs on the outside of houses, on fences and car mirrors. The white-tail spider will cautiously enter the web of its intended victim and mimic the struggles of a trapped insect by plucking at the web. This may trick the resident spider into investigating the disturbance and so instead of gaining a meal it becomes one.

Like the white-tailed spider, the grey house spider is native to Australia but have inadvertently been introduced into New Zealand.

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