I found this rather impressive predator lurking in my bath. Its a lace webbed spider. Lace webbed spider is a name given to two house spiders that are very similar from the genus Amaurobius. They are the species of spider that make the funnel like webs in the corner of the garage or under the floor boards.
The web in the funnel is combed into a frayed texture to make sure any insect unlucky enough to wander too close gets snagged on the web. This means that the spider can catch prey much larger than itself.
Interestingly, and some may say rather grossly, the female in her second year will lay 40 eggs in an egg chamber and vigorously guard the eggs and nest, when the young spiders hatch they eat the mother for their first meal!!
A most impressive mini monster. This one I let go back under the floorboards. I obviously told the girlfriend I put it outside!