It looks a good match for Hogna radiata, a large wolf spider found in countries around the Mediterranean (was it in the S of France?). That's not a definite ID, it's just a possibility.
Nearly all spiders have venom, but wolf spiders are not normally considered to be amongst the more venomous. However, if you're wondering how close you came close to meeting your maker, it might be best to do a search.
Looks like a European Wolf Spider - Genus Alopecosa
This link gives some info - the Alopecosa is in first section after the main introduction:
This isthe Common House Spider, either Tegenaria atrica (Tegenaria saeva) or Tegenaria gigantea (Tegenaria duellica). See the photos and information here: http://www.gardensafari.net/en_picpages/tegenaria_atrica.htm.
Found this on my curtain the other night, it's now lurking somewhere in my room D:
Could somebody please tell me this isn't a brown recluse or something that's come all the way across the Atlantic to terrorise me? Photo isn't brilliant, the spider is shiny brown with a fuzzy looking abdomen thing, no markings, and it moves pretty fast. For scale the silver square is roughly 5x5 inches.
This is Scotophaeus blackwalli The Mouse Spider. It's quite a wanderer and a good hunter. Don't panic about lethal bites or anything but they have been known to give a nip if handled roughly or squashed. In fact I think they may be mentioned in the NHM spider bites page.
Best wishes Lewis
Quick edit on Scotophaeus there
Don't panic Maddie, its nothing horrible, certainly not in the brown recluse league for sure. It's a fuzzy photo, but nevertheless this is most likely a male "mouse spider" (scotophaeus blackwalli)...either that or one of the similar brown coloured, furry abdomened, ground spiders that find their way into peoples homes (clubiona, drassodes species). In fact, the mouse spider is more commonly seen in my house than the typical tegeneria/house spider. In the North of the UK they are found inside, rather than outside.
EDIT: Lewis beat me to it ;-) I would add that I have been bitten by a mouse spider, it's not that big of a deal. Feels like a small splinter, starts with a yellow filled "pimple" then gradually the pimple reduces and you get a small area of reddening for a day or two. It's more hot & itchy than "painful".
Oh I have had a couple of bad bites on my arm and leg recently that I thought might have been from spiders, but they weren't itchy, was more like a tiny puncture/bite and a short time later a large patch of slightly red very raised skin (like 3-4 inches across) that felt badly bruised and like the tissue underneath was very hard :s Is that a spider bite? Could it be from any of these species? I figured the bruised feeling and that was because of the venom or something.
Well, obviously we can't rule out the spider (or species) you saw. But equally, without catching the culprit at the time, it's hard to be certain. It doesn't sound unrealistic to put those symptoms down to a spider bite. There are a dozen or so species that can deliver a bite to a human in the UK. In a typical week I might see 3 or 4 different species in my home (today's hot weather seems to have driven more than the usual amount indoors, I am looking at 3 species without having to get up out of my chair) and I can count on one hand the amount of times I have been bitten in 40 something years.
it's unlikely any british spider would just bite you for no reason, self defence maybe, but if these bites just appaered i would guess a horsefly as they can cause quite a bit of swelling but obviously thats far from certain
Oh ok, those are slightly better I guess. It did appear at around 3am, so if they are nocturnal hunters that makes sense. I do live in the South of the UK though, is it unusual to find them inside here?
No, not at all unusual. I'm in Surrey and have seen them in every house I have lived in (my mum found one on her staircase the other week too). As you noted, they are quite fast moving & often bolt for cover when you switch on a light (a fairly good method for clearing them from your patch as it goes, I was bitten when I was lumbering around in the dark). You do sometimes see them in daylight too..
Because they tend to stick to walls & floors, rather than zip about on webs, they are often easy to scoop up in a paper cone & deposit elsewhere. They move fast, but when vexed often just run around in circles on the spot if they can't see a bolt hole...
I found this spider outside of my windows. The history of this finding was: I saw a wasp about to enter into my bedroom and when I was closing the window I saw the waspget cought in the net and the killing scene. But I wonder what kind of killing machine I've living next to me?
Can you help me?
Sorry for my english, I'm from portugal.
here are some photos:
There are people on this forum who live alongside them and aren't particularly worried. Personally, I'd be a little concerned if they found their way into my house because my three year old daughter has seen me handling spiders and might think it's OK for her to do that with any. But spiders just want to be left alone and only bite if they feel trapped or threatened in some way.
hi all looking to identify a spider well a spider husk realy as its shed its skin all started around three weeks ago i was putting down a floor in a out building and had a lot of pain in my knee pulled my trouser leg up only to find i had been bitten twice the puncture wounds were 4-5mm apart and my knee had swollen to twice the size with red and purple bloches and very painfull by the evening had spread to most of my leg did go after maybe a week thought it might be a false widow not having seen one before here in norfolk uk well all was forgotten untill i got bit again on the other knee and on my hand was working on a kitchen floor and my knee was giving me some pain right side this time had a look and yes you have quessed it two puncher wounds 5mm apart this was three days ago and its still very painfull as i never felt the bite started looking up on the net and had a feeling i may have been bitten durring the night so had a good look round the bedroom and found the husk look very close looking to a brown recluse spider with the violin shape on its back wondering if anybody in norfolk area could identify it as im worried about my pets in the house must of hitched a ride to the uk proberbly in the friut from tescos.
could well be given the husk and the description, these are usually non agressive with bites being rare unless pressed against skin or threatened, this could well happen if the spider was making itself at home in your bed overnight and ended up coming into contact with you, however the bite does sound a little big as they only have tiny fangs and it would be unlikely that one had made it to the uk via presumably a port or airport and from there to your house, but as they do have a potentially very nasty bite, to be safe if you see the blighter i'd hit it with a slipper... several times haha
What do you call this little beastie. Spotted beside my front door, Wirral, UK.
Anyone have any ideas?
Ps. Not sure if have posted this in right place - first timer
I was unpacking my suitcase here in Edinburgh after coming back from Saudi Arabia. As I was unpacking I noticed a spider running from the suitcase. It isn't massive but is way larger than the average spider you would expect to see in the UK. I've trapped it under my cupboard and barricaded it in. The pictue is a bit grainy, is there any way you could identify it? I tried taking a photo using an optical zoom but given that the picture was taken under my wardrobe, it was impossible. Anything I should be worried about?
I know there's a species of spider which is a member of the widow family called the Button spider (Lectrodectus renivulvatus) that comes from Saudi Arabia but there are probably of hundreds of other things it could be and it's hard to tell without a good picture andI'm not exactly a spider expert.
no idea from that picture as im sure no-one else can possibly say for sure either, however what i would say for future reference as im sure the things sorted now, if you accidentally bring a species in, kill it, just to be sure there's no risk of it finding a buddy n making babies n becoming an invasive species, unlikely as that is, it clearly does happen else there would be no invasive species
This is a rather handsome example of one of our naitive species Tegenaria. There are quite a few very similar spiders so they all tend to be lumped under that name as it takes quite high magnification on their 'bits' to tell the difference. They are not an aggresive spider and I can tell you from first hand experience that their bite is neither fatal nor painful.
Hey Guys!, i was taking a tripp to my backyard the other day to see whats what and i came across with these Beautiful Spiders (specially the Tarantula... GORGEOUS), the bad thing is that i don't know what kind of spiders are, i mean, the species. Keep in Mind i live i Venezuela. So, would you mind helping me identify them?
Just FYI: The first one is not dead, she just landed on my head and i freaked out a little bit and fell down to the floor, but later i checked her and she was fine. AND i put the T' on an old empty aquarium just to take the picture. I later returned her to her home.
Can anyone help me identify this Spider please. It bit me while I was sleeping and later had to go to A&E after having a "systematic reaction" ?!?! ... I havent a clue what it could be. I have numbing and tingling in my arm and face, headaches, felling sick, cold sweats, metalic taste in my mouth and even though iv slept all day I still feel exhausted.
ANY HELP WOULD BE MUCHLY APPRECIATED, THANK YOU!
I'm very sorry to hear of your experience. It doesn't sound at all pleasant. It is a lace weaver spider, one of the Amaurobius species. There are a couple of these species that are often found in homes, they are the most commonly seen spider in my home, for instance. I fear that you have been very unlucky as many, many people have these spiders around, often living around their windows/window frames (not much consolation, I'm sure). That said, I do tend to remove any I find wandering about, willy nilly.
My population do seem to be controlled somewhat by Pholcus phalangioides (Daddy long legs spiders), who predate on much larger spiders, so maybe don't be too keen to get rid of these if you have them?
I do hope you feel better soon.
First time posting as i've just found this spider on the balcony and am a bit concerned as its pretty exotic looking compared to the normal house spiders i see running around. I'm thinking it may be a False Widow (or a Black widow?!)? Any help would be appreciated.
If it is, what should I do, its currently in the box on the left. It does look very similar to the spider in the pic from this article, and that happenned just around the corner from here:
The spider you have caught is NOT a black widow (Lactrodectus), these are not native to the UK.
It is a "false" widow (Steatoda nobilis, note emphasis on the word *false*). These spiders are very common in many parts of the UK (they are in & around my home, my office, people's vehicles, there's even one living on a pelican crossing near me), if they actively stalked human prey with flesh eating venom, there would be very few people left in the South. Note that the article states that typical symptoms of a bite are likened to a bee/wasp sting & may leave you feeling unwell for a short period. They are not deadly, or seriously harmful.
Seafood and peanuts can be much more dangerous for people with an allergy to these things. So its best to view these things in context.
If you let her go she will find the nearest hiding place as quickly as she can, to get away from you. They are really quite shy & docile. Bites are very rare and usually a last resort on the spider's part, before being crushed to death. I can understand someone feeling uncomfortable with a known biting creature (I wouldn't like to be bitten by one, but as I write this, there is one free & living in my window frame, not 10feet from me), but she can be set free on an exterior wall/outbuilding and, like the vast majority of her species, cause no harm to anybody. Females tend to make a web around a hiding place, high up off the ground & keep out of the way of most people.
Just wondering if you can shed any light on what this is. Sorry about the bad picture, it was dark out and I didn't want to get too close as I think it is a false widow. It lives in a hole in some cement, I can sometimes see it's legs sticking out the end. Where it is in the picture is outside the hole which is on the right. Do they sometimes have males around them too? If that's the case I think I have another in the garden. Are they going to start wanting to come inside soon when the weather turns, like other spiders do?
Thanks a lot.
Difficult to give a good identification from that pic, but she does broadly fit the profile. A shot of the top side of her abdomen would be good? If she senses you are taking too much interest in her she will most likely bolt for cover.
It's impossible to predict, but we had a large female living in a crack over our front door for 2+ years. The doorway was 6 inches from her hidey hole & she never ventured indoors. In the winter I think she's more likely to retreat into her crack, shutdown & wait the cold out. This particular spider retreated into her hole over the winter and reappeared in March, the one in my living room window appeared (/reappeared?) in May.
I didn't see any Steatoda nobilis over the coldest winter months.
I could be wrong but I believe the males are likely to perish in the cold (I don't think they live much more than a year?), however males looking for a mate tend to wander much more than females anyway...they're more likely to find their way indoors whatever the weather.
Hot weather seems just as likely to drive spiders indoors & certainly wet weather.
This is a harmless missing sector orb weaver (Zygiella species), very common around windows (outside & in), climbing frames, unused bicycles, car wing mirrors & aerials....and trampolines so itappears too (basically anywhere they can make a web & they seem totally at home on man-made structures).
Afraid I have no images, but I wonder if you can help me.
Over the last few days me and my housemates have seen a few spiders around the house/in the garden which look quite similar to this False Widow. Similar is the oprative word though:
Unfortunately we've not been able to get any good pictures, but they are about 20-25mm total length, have orange legs, and a black body.
The orange legs suggest to me possible False Widows (similar to the picture), but the body is not as bulbous as I think the "False" body tends to be. Also, while there are some white markings on the black body, they're definitely not as pronounced or anywhere near as alarming.
Again, I wish I could upload a picture, but I hope the information I've provided might be of some help! I've literally just removed one from the house, and put it at the back of the garden. I'm not too worried, just keen to know if False Widows are likely what we're seeing or whether another species fits the description.
Even where Steatoda nobilis is common, they tend to be fairly spread out, double check that the spiders you are seeing are not a different specis like Zygiella x-notata...
...these make the classic orb web, are very common around & sometimes in houses, frequently mistaken for false widows. Colours are variable, abdomens can be silvery, brown or black with white/silvery/gold central flare.
Here is an adult Steatoda nobilis...
...and an immature female...
Thank you for your swift reply.
The spider we've seen (well, I've seen twice, so no mixed reports as such) looks similar in proportions to the immature female Steatoda nobilis, but has those orange legs I mentioned, black body and what I would probably say *is* a "silvery/white central flare".
Perhaps it is a kind of Zygiella x-notata, but the proportions seem a little off. Will keep my eyes open and try to snap one for confirmation.
This is an Amaurobius species, either A. similis, or A. fenestralis, these along with A. ferox (which tends to be black) are lace weavers. They are fairly common around homes, usually on the exterior/windows/walls/outbuildings, occasionally they find their way indoors.
I've had many very large Steatoda grossa females living in the bottom of my larder since about 2001. The kitchen wall where they enter through vents is South facing which I understand these spiders love and the larder is very dark. These females have always stayed in the bottom of the larder and never bothered me although they are sinister looking and I wouldn't handle one! This year I have a very sudden increase in juveniles living in all sorts of weird and wonderful dark places in my bathroom and kitchen, which another forum I am on have identified as Steatoda grossa, photo attached of a juvenile
I was reading on the Natural History website that the Steatoda grossa webs are always low down at ground level which mine are in the larder and always have been
I've now got a new tangleweb typical Steatoda 3 dimensional web about 8 foot up in my larder around a light fitting and lampshade in there, the Natural History museum says that Steatoda Nobilis make their webs at this height
I haven't yet found and identified S nobilis in my kitchen or home, will this new web definitely be S nobilis, would nobilis and grossa share the same space?
This is a Lace Web spider, Amaurobius sp ., and probably Amaurobius similis.
Several species of lace web spiders are common around the outside of our homes and gardens. They make a characteristic lace-like web on fences, sheds, walls and among general clutter around the garden.
Males are prone to wander indoors when mature and looking for a mate. Bites have been reported when a spider has been trapped against the skin, but with little pain or lasting symptoms.
It's probably not going to be possible to ID from this photo, but it is most likely that this is an orb weaver of some sort, possibly even a garden spider (Aranaeus diadematus)...google some images & see what you think?
Can you tell me what spider this is please? I live in Cyprus and come across this on my bedroom ceiling(!).
I couldn't get a photo of it's belly, only it's back, and as you can see it has a distinctive white marking. I'm wondering if it's some kind of widow? Someone told me it was a red back! Hope you can help.
This is a juvenile example of Steatoda paykulliana, a species of False Widow spider. This is a common species in Southern Europe and is frequently imported to the UK with grapes at this time of year. They do have a painful bite, but just as with the Noble False Widow, Steatoda nobilis, here in the UK bites are very unlikely to occur.
Hi, I wondered whether you would be able to identify the type of spider we have just found in a Velux in our house? We live in Cornwall (if that info is of any help) and we were fascinated by the spider's unusual markings. We released it into a nearby hedge after the photo was taken.
Thank you for your help.
This is the Noble False Widow spider, Steatoda nobils, the most notorious of our six species of False Widows.
This is a common and widespread species in the south west so very much expected. They make their webs at a good height and Velux windows are often a favoured spot as the yields of insect prey are good around such windows.
For more information on this group of spiders please see the following links:
Hi, Thank you for your reply and link, these are much appreciated. The spider wasn't very big but it had a very productive web, which is what made us notice it - I hadn't realised that we had so many small flies in the house! I am quite glad we moved it outside. It was very good at playing dead but was definitely still alive and unharmed when released.
Was wondering if someone could identify these 2 spiders? I found them in my house 4 nights apart then a week later found a 3rd behind my bathroom cabinet along with a sack of eggs. I have never saw this type of spider before and the markings worried me. Also worried that I found so many in a short space of time although since removing the cabinet with the eggs I haven't any again.
Thanks in advance for any help.