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House spider, Tegenaria species

Spiders are a distinct group of arthropods that includes house spiders, jumping spiders, wolf spiders, crab spiders, orb web spiders and money spiders.

Spiders are easily identified as they have 8 legs, 2 main body parts and no antennae. All are predators of other invertebrates which are either caught in silk webs or ambushed.

Most people are familiar with the larger species of spider. During the breeding season, which for many species is in the autumn, male spiders wander in search of a mate. They become more conspicuous at these times and more likely to enter houses.

Almost all large or unfamiliar looking spiders found in our homes and gardens are common established UK species. There are occasional exceptions, so if in doubt, ask for a confirmed identification. No UK spiders are of significant medical concern.

Spiders are predators of other invertebrates and play an important role controlling some very prolific species.

Number of UK species: about 640

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Re: Spider ID Please :-) 1 day ago by tangled1212 tangled1212
Re: Spider ID Please :-) 1 day ago by flecc flecc
Re: Spider ID Please :-) 1 day ago by flecc flecc
Re: Please could someone identify this species of spider? 2 days ago by filmscoreking filmscoreking
Re: Which genus of False widow are these? 6 days ago by flecc flecc
Re: what is this??!! 1 week ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Is this a giant house spider? 2 weeks ago by Padme41 Padme41
Re: Please can you identify this spider 2 weeks ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Please ID this baby spider I found in my bananas! 2 weeks ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Please can you identify this spider. I found it living in a hole in a wall 3 weeks ago by Gargoyle Gargoyle
Re: Spider Identification 3 weeks ago by MadMcardle MadMcardle
Re: Can you help identify this spider 3 weeks ago by dsteels dsteels
Re: Is this Steatoda nobilis? 3 weeks ago by flecc flecc
Re: Something strange in a spider's web 3 weeks ago by 11treetops 11treetops
Re: Can anyone ID these spiders? 3 weeks ago by wolvesjeff wolvesjeff
Re: White Spider id 1 month ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: What Steatoda? 1 month ago by Ollie W Ollie W
Re: False Widow? 1 month ago by flecc flecc
Re: False Widow? 1 month ago by flecc flecc
Re: Is this a false widow? 1 month ago by flecc flecc
Re: Spider ID please 1 month ago by thewormman thewormman
Re: Can You Identify This Spider 1 month ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Can you please ID this spider? 1 month ago by wolvesjeff wolvesjeff
Re: What spider is this? 1 month ago by flecc flecc
Re: Spider identification 1 month ago by KB@. KB@.
Re: Tiny Spider Mum ID and Info Please 1 month ago by Emily Emily
Re: Is this a "False widow" of some sort? 1 month ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Spider ID please 1 month ago by Billythebass Billythebass
Re: Is this a Segestria species? 1 month ago by netty netty
Re: Can you help ID this spider? 1 month ago by Bunzona Bunzona
Re: Can you Id this spider? 1 month ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Please help me identify this spider 1 month ago by flecc flecc
Re: Strange little spider - rests in a thin line or "v" shape 1 month ago by themilnes themilnes
Re: Spider with Babies - ID and 'Tactics'? 2 months ago by Pixels On The Rocks Pixels On The Rocks
Re: Unsure of these spiderlings? 2 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team

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