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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: What Steatoda? 2 days ago by Ollie W Ollie W
Re: False Widow? 2 days ago by flecc flecc
Re: False Widow? 2 days ago by flecc flecc
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Re: Spider identification 2 weeks ago by KB@. KB@.
Re: Tiny Spider Mum ID and Info Please 2 weeks ago by Emily Emily
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Spider ID please 2 weeks ago by Billythebass Billythebass
Re: Is this a Segestria species? 2 weeks ago by netty netty
Re: Can you help ID this spider? 2 weeks ago by Bunzona Bunzona
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Re: Strange little spider - rests in a thin line or "v" shape 1 month ago by themilnes themilnes
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Re: Unsure of these spiderlings? 1 month ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Unsure of Species 1 month ago by Desy Desy
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