I was out in the garden shed today and found a spider on the door of it. It has a black shiny body and red markings on the back of the abdomen. I have taken a picture but havent uploaded it because it doesnt show the markings with being night time it just seems to make the abdomen all red.
It is very small (about the size of a pea) max 10 mm
Any ideas of what this spider could be?
I live in Sussex in the UK
I have searched online for a spider similar to your description but only found species that were not native to the United Kingdom, either it is another specie that has somehow snuck over here or I did not search hard enough. (more likely the latter) The species I found were: The Black Widow (right) Latrodectus Mactansit has an hour glass red marking on its abdomen. They inhabit United States of America and Mexico. The False Widow (Left) Steatoda Paykullianawhich inhabits South Europe, North Africa and West Asia, these are types of Comb footed spiders which belong to the family Theridiidae. These species have been known to get over here through fruit.
If you could describe the markings it would be much easier.
If this didn't help you learnt something about them.
Please help ,whilst tidying my son's room, I found this spider, unfortunately it was dead but looked strange can you help . It is 2.5 cm in length and very hairy .It is black apart from its head which is brown and appears bald , It has noticeabley 2 long prongs on the end of its abdomen.It is chunky in appearance,
Investigating your mystery spider I found one that looked similar to it.(The photo on the right)But I am afraid I don't know what it is. The website I found it on; the person said they found them in Wellington, New Zealand about 4cm in diameter., so if anyone does recognise the spider please post. They did say it looked similar to a Honduran Curlyhair brachypelma albopilosum a specie of tarantula that inhabits Central America. It feeds on crickets and cockroaches. I doubt it is this. (photo below)
Really interesting - it's astonishing what you can find around the house! It's great to see these pictures.
You can also see some other strange discoveries and join in the spider discussions on our Bug forum.
Many thanks for your help in identifying the spider found in my sons bedroom. It does look exactly like the first picture you chose. Its location in my sons room fits with your information as we have just returned from a holiday in New Zealand,and spent time in Wellington helping relatives cut away scrub on their land .Just shows you what can get into your suitcases as unwanted passengers! Once again thankyou.
An image would be great and help us to provide a positive id.However, knowing my 'shed spiders' I suspect that this will have been one of the 'False Widow' group and I would hazard an informed guess that this will have been Steatoda bipunctata, AKA the 'Rabbit Hutch' spider. This is a medium sized spider with a bulbous glossy abdomen. The abdomen often has 'reddish' patches on the dorsal surface and 'Black Widow' often comes to mind when this spider is found. Have a look at the image of this spider here
If you need help identifying a species you might like to try NHM's Insect identification service, available here: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/insects-spiders/bug-forum/?q=insectid