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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: House Spider or no? Interested in the Genus 5 days ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Spider id 6 days ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: What type of spider is this please. 1 week ago by flecc flecc
Re: Please identify this spider. 1 week ago by flecc flecc
Re: Identity of a white spider please 1 week ago by Grizewood Grizewood
Re: Is this a False Widow Spider? 1 week ago by Bushy Bushy
Re: Jumping Spider for ID 1 week ago by Cheryl Cheryl
Re: Help to identify this spider please 1 week ago by Charlie Charlie
Re: False widow or not? 1 week ago by Oinath Oinath
Re: Does any spider native to the UK have blue on its body 1 week ago by bee3 bee3
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Re: Is this spider hazardous? 3 weeks ago by flecc flecc
Re: Can anyone identity this? 3 weeks ago by Clydeconn Clydeconn
Re: Does anyone know what this is? 3 weeks ago by Oswaldo Oswaldo
Re: Help with identifying this spider 1 month ago by Ncosta01 Ncosta01
Re: 5cm white oval egg sac identification 1 month ago by bluebird28180 bluebird28180
Re: Identification of spider required 1 month ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: False Widow?? 1 month ago by Linda71 Linda71
Re: Spider Identification please! 1 month ago by flecc flecc
Re: What's this spider? 1 month ago by flecc flecc
Re: Help identifying this spider 2 months ago by flecc flecc
Re: false widow?? 2 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: What is this spider? 2 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Help Identifying a spider 2 months ago by flecc flecc
Re: Help Identifying a spider 2 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Could you please identify this spider 2 months ago by Jane Jane
Re: please help identify this spider 2 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Spider species? 2 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Help, Identification of this spider 3 months ago by noppix noppix
Re: False Widow 3 months ago by owen owen
Re: False Widow infestation - advice please? 3 months ago by flecc flecc
Re: faintly marked spider - Linyphia hortensis? 3 months ago by AlanS AlanS
Re: Long jawed orb weaver? 3 months ago by Desy Desy
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Re: Possible False Widow - but what species? 3 months ago by Gargoyle Gargoyle

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