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About spiders

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: False Widow Spider 2 days ago by chrissethehobbit chrissethehobbit
Re: Is this the garden spider? 6 days ago by mimondo mimondo
Re: Request Spider Identification 1 week ago by flecc flecc
Re: Bright green spider, Dorset 1 week ago by flecc flecc
Re: Spider ID please (false widow?) 1 week ago by JennyWren JennyWren
Re: Spider identification please 1 week ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Spider id please 1 week ago by flecc flecc
Re: I would appreciate an ID for this spider 1 week ago by ce3k ce3k
Re: False Widow?? 1 week ago by flecc flecc
Re: Is this a false widow spider? 1 week ago by flecc flecc
Re: Black spider at work 1 week ago by Spider7 Spider7
Re: Steatoda, but the which one? 2 weeks ago by Juicey Juicey
Re: What is this spider? 2 weeks ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Spider ID 2 weeks ago by Hairstreak Hairstreak
Re: Spiders in home 3 weeks ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Spider identification needed! 3 weeks ago by Cuthers92 Cuthers92
Re: The Spider & The Fly for ID 3 weeks ago by flecc flecc
Re: Spider id 4 weeks ago by DCF DCF
Re: Please could someone identify this species of spider? 4 weeks ago by flecc flecc
Re: Spider Identification 1 month ago by Jane E Jane E
Re: What is this beast 1 month ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Spider ID please 1 month ago by flecc flecc
Re: lovely striped spider, anyone know its name? 1 month ago by flecc flecc
Re: What is this spider? 1 month ago by flecc flecc
Re: Spider ID Please :-) 1 month ago by tangled1212 tangled1212
Re: Spider ID Please :-) 1 month ago by flecc flecc
Re: Spider ID Please :-) 1 month ago by flecc flecc
Re: Which genus of False widow are these? 1 month ago by flecc flecc
Re: what is this??!! 1 month ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Is this a giant house spider? 1 month ago by Padme41 Padme41
Re: Please can you identify this spider 1 month ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Please ID this baby spider I found in my bananas! 1 month ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Please can you identify this spider. I found it living in a hole in a wall 1 month ago by Gargoyle Gargoyle
Re: Spider Identification 1 month ago by MadMcardle MadMcardle
Re: Can you help identify this spider 2 months ago by dsteels dsteels

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