I found this small spider where I had previously found a Steatoda Grossa female (which I still have) . I was hoping it could be a male.
What worries me is the size of the pedipalps - I am sure they are a lot larger than those of the S.grossa that I found in July. With its legs tucked in as in my first photo the spider measures 3 or 4 mm.
Hi Gargoyle. This is a male - the "boxing gloves" on the pedipalps are the male characteristic. I am invariably wrong regarding species (although I do think this is Steatoda) so will leave the species ID to others! Kind regards, Ma.
This looks very much like steatoda bipuncta, AKA rabbit hutch spider. Very common and no reputation as a biter.
Many thanks for your id. I found this spider in the same place where I found a female grossa only a month ago.Do you think that it is a possibility that they are different species bearing this in mind?
It's the bipuncta like markings that I'm basing my observations on, remember your grossa had faint arrow like markings on the abdomen? This central stripe down the abdomen on your latest find, is classic bipuncta. It's perfectly feasible to find the two species in the same environment.
Many thanks for clearing that up. After my last post I found a great site with excellent pictures of many of the Steatoda and I can see now what you meant. The grossa certainly has no central stripe and thus by elimination cannot be mistaken for a bipunctata which the male obviously is. By the way , the site is called eurospiders.com and if you have not seen it I thoroughly recommend it.