Hi, can anyone please help us in identifying this spider please? My partner photographed it earlier on today in our garden. It was living in our hose reel, and had come out and sat on top of it. Upon unreeling the entire hose there was several more smaller ones (babies I think) and an egg sac. Thanks, Vicky.
Yes, this is our imported False Widow, Steatoda noblis and looks to be a mature female, judging from the slightly shrunken body she has as you pointed out probably recently laid eggs.
Thanks ever so much for your reply. This is a daft question and I hope you dont mind me asking, but are these at all a worry to humans or animals? Its just we have a 4 month old baby, dogs and a cat. I have read that they can bite? Thanks, Vicky.
They can, of course, bite. But very rarely do. They are normally quite skittish & flee if disturbed. They are not aggressive. I have them indoors and they don't disturb me. Wandering males (more gangly with smaller abdomens, still with a similar marking), I would move to the outside as they don't tend to set uphome in a web & just stay there like females mostly do.
I wouldn't be concerned, they are all over the Southern UK, there is little chance of avoiding them if in regions where they live. Millions of people live side by side with them with no serious issues, or even necessarily noticing them. I would be much more concerned about a wasp's nest, for instance, because of the larger numbers of creatures coming & going, more chance of wasp/human contact.
We live in Essex, so no doubt theres lots more then. Thanks for your reply and setting my mind at rest
No, this is not a false widow, it is a harmless missing sector orb weaver (Zygiella species), very common, both around & sometimes in our homes, especially around windows.