If you're an arachnid looking to take up residence in a human ear canal, don't settle for just any human host – take your cue from this guy and reach for the stars.

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Image: katiemeluaofficial/Instagram

This tiny member of the Salticidae (or jumping spider) family made itself at home inside the ear of British singer Katie Melua ... where it stayed happily ensconced for an entire week. 

"So I had a rustling in my ear for a week and went to the doctor to have it checked out this morning. THIS little fella is what they found!" the singer wrote on Instagram, where she also posted photos of the eight-legged interloper. 

Melua suspects the critter crawled into her ear from a pair of headphones she'd been wearing to block out noise during a flight. To its credit, the spider appears to have been on its best behaviour – Melua reports that aside from a few shuffling noises, the unwanted visitor was "no hassle at all".

"Though the thing looked TERRIFYING up-close on the doctor's camera, once he took him out (using a micro hoover) it was pretty small, and now it's in this little test tube, alive and seemingly fine," she added.

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Image: katiemeluaofficial/Instagram

As far as such visitations go, Melua got off pretty lightly. Scratching sounds emanating from ear canals sometimes yield things far more terrifying.

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