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Aug 27, 2012 11:51 AM

Spider ID

Hi everyone.

Found this hanging from our bathroom ceiling this morning! It was a pretty fast mover. Any ideas out there?

Thanks.

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    Aug 27, 2012 2:15 PM (in response to scared witless)
    Re: Spider ID

    This is a male garden spider (Araneus diadematus), a very common spider in the UK. Do you have a lot of foliage around your bathroom window(s)? He'll be perfectly happy if you relocate him outside onto some bushes, they also sometimes set up home on window frames. They can look a little gruesome but aren't aggressive, though they can bite if severely provoked, normally being quite docile. They are pretty difficult to catch & contain too, so sometimes it's easiest to make a path for them to escape & shoo them back outside, gently encouraging them with a sheet of paper etc. They will normally turn & run, rather than try & resist.

     

    I have several that have made their way indoors, from plants in close proximity to my living room windows, they really aren't a problem & I see no reason to forcibly remove them. But maybe trimming back any foliage close to your bathroom window may reduce the chances of them wandering in again, in the future?

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