Skip navigation

Manage categories

Close

Create and manage categories in Spiders. Removing a category will not remove content.

Categories in Spiders
Add a new category (0 remaining)

Manage Announcements

Close

Create and manage announcements in Spiders. Try to limit the announcements to keep them useful.

Announcements in Spiders
Subject Author Date Actions

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

Whats new?

Refresh this widget
Re: Spider ID required in Devon 1 day ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Tiny Spider for ID 1 week ago by Ollie W Ollie W
Re: Please, some help identifying this man eating spider 2 weeks ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Please identify this spider :) 2 weeks ago by Cameron Cameron
Please, some help identifying this man eating spider 2 weeks ago by Ncosta01 Ncosta01
Re: What spider is this please? 2 weeks ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Please can you identify this spider for me? 2 weeks ago by Heartzzii Heartzzii
Re: Can anyone identify this spider please?! 2 weeks ago by flecc flecc
Re: Is this small spider a False Widow? 3 weeks ago by zenon zenon
Re: Is this a male noble false widow steatoda nobilis? 1 month ago by Garret Garret
Re: Is this a Cardinal Spider? 1 month ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Is this a false widow 1 month ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Cleaning a spidery greenhouse safely 1 month ago by jsp jsp
Re: False widow or missing sector orb weaver? 1 month ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Being harassed by a spider :) 1 month ago by flecc flecc
Re: What is this beast?!! 1 month ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Spider killer ID Please 1 month ago by anth anth
Re: Is this really a Brazilian Wandering Spider? 1 month ago by markperkins markperkins
Re: Please identify spider 1 month ago by flecc flecc
Re: Anyone know what kind of spider this is 1 month ago by Haddock76 Haddock76
Re: What is this spider 1 month ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Anyone know what this spider is please? 1 month ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Parasites on harvestman 1 month ago by SusB SusB
Re: Black Widow Spider??? ID please. 1 month ago by asus15 asus15
Re: Spider ID 1 month ago by Ollie W Ollie W
Re: Found a spider, any idea what it is? 1 month ago by flecc flecc
Re: Spider identification 1 month ago by Mulberoo Mulberoo
Re: Spider ID - Loxosceles? 1 month ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Not so common Garden spider. 1 month ago by flecc flecc
Re: Spider identification help please 2 months ago by flecc flecc
Re: Help identifying spider 2 months ago by Jasmine Jasmine
Re: Spider Identification 2 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Spider identification 2 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Spider identification 2 months ago by flecc flecc
Re: False Widows? 2 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi

Actions

Notifications

Who we are

These forums are looked after by scientists and experts in the Museum’s Identification and Advisory Service.

Our fossil, rock, plant and insect experts are dedicated to answering your natural history questions.

Our names on this forum are:

Former team members: