I was looking for the spider below to be identified. I believe it is a false widow? I am based in Edinburgh and unsure if there has been any reporting's of this spider this far north before? I know they are fairly common in the South of England.
I am so curious as I was bitten by a similar one just over a month ago, until this point I didn't even know spiders in the uk could have such a painful bite. Also is it possible that this spider could cause flu like symptoms for about 1 month or is this more likely to be a coincidence?
I would be interested to learn more about this spider species as it looks like it is going to be a permanent residence in our Edinburgh house.
This is a Lace Web spider, Amaurobius sp. and likely to be Amaurobius similis - a sub-adult male. This is a common and widespread species and lives among the clutter around gardens. They make a distinctive 'lacy' web and stacks of flowerpots are one of their favourite haunts. They occasionally wander indoors, especially if the weather has been very wet (flash floods etc.) and is one of a dozen or so UK species that have been recorded as biting. Symptoms are usually no more than local pain and swelling,See: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/insects-spiders/identification-guides-and-keys/spider-bites/lace-weaver-spider.html