Hi Shelly, since my reply to your earlier post I vaguely recall reading that there is a spider that is often distributed with locusts, crickets etc. supplied for the pet trade, so I did some investigation. I think your spider is Thanatus vulgaris. -
The British Arach Soc have it on their list of UK spiders but the distribution map shows only one record. So, I suspect it isn't really a native species -
The family to which it belongs (Philodromidae) isn't noted for being dangerous so I wouldn't worry.
Thank you so much. I have looked this up on the net and the pictures certainly look like what I'd got. Would it be ok to release it outside as I don't want it indoors and if its unusual to get them I would like to know its ok to release it before I do
Well, it's not a threat to the local human population, but release may not do the spider much good. However,
trying to find someone who might want to keep it might take ages.