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Mar 13, 2013 2:05 PM

Spider ID please

Could anyone ID this spider please.  I found it this morning amongst some clothes I was sorting out.  Some council guys say it's a common house spider, but I've never seen one like this before! 

 

Many thanks

 

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      Mar 13, 2013 11:08 PM (in response to sapphire1)
      Re: Spider ID please

      Not a common house spider, although reasonably common in houses.

       

      This is a false widow, most likely Steatoda nobilis perhaps Steatoda bipunctata.

       

      Check out http://srs.britishspiders.org.uk/portal.php/p/Summary/s/Steatoda+nobilis

       


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        Mar 15, 2013 8:47 PM (in response to malthusius)
        Re: Spider ID please

        Malthusius is right that she is a Steatoda, but not bipuncta, definitely nobilis.

         

        Females are usually pretty docile & stick to their webs. Were the clothes stored in an unused cupboard, or room?

         

        Whilst they often inhabit places with a lot of human footfall nearby (porches, window frames, conservatories, sheds) they avoid direct contact and are easily spooked. The ganglier males, with similar marking on a much smaller abdomen, tend to wander about more & be more of an issue. However, they are well established in the UK and many of us live side by side with them day to day, with no problem.

         

        She'll probably be happy relocated to an external wall (if it has any nooks & crannies she can retreat into) or window frame?

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            Mar 17, 2013 9:33 PM (in response to sapphire1)
            Re: Spider ID please

            Blimey, Aberdeen? Yeah not so common up there, no wonder the BAS chap is interested. Could you keep us posted as to what he says about the specimen?


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