The UK has seven species of false widow spider. Four are native, two are accidental introductions and one is frequently imported but not established yet.
Native UK species:
Three of these species are common in and around homes and gardens - the native Steatoda bipunctata and Steatoda grossa, and the introduced Steatoda nobilis. Find out more about each of them below.
Learn about Steatoda bipunctata, known as the rabbit hutch spider because it’s so common there.
Distinguish Steatoda grossa, the one that looks most like a black widow spider.
Identify Steatoda nobilis, the species most associated with false widow worries.