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Sep 27, 2013 10:33 AM

Identify spider

Can you please identify this spider. It crawled up my arm whilst cleaning my picnic bag out. I had bought lots of punnits of fruit from Tescis and suspect that's where it came from.

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    Sep 27, 2013 10:53 AM (in response to Mich1)
    Re: Identify spider

    Hi Mich1,

     

    She is a false widow (Steatoda nobilis).

     

    Regards, Mark.

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        Sep 27, 2013 1:31 PM (in response to Mich1)
        Re: Identify spider

        Hi Mich1,

         

        They are capable of delivering a bite, that by all accounts is rather unpleasant & can leave you unwell for couple of days. However, this is a very rare occurence, bites tend to be a last resort before being crushed, they are actually quite shy & docile, avoiding contact with humans if they can.

         

        Females (like the one in your photo) tend to stay close to their web & hiding place. Males do wander, in search of a mate, they have much smaller abdomens. I remove these when I see them, females I'm happy to leave be so long as they are not in the bedroom, or bathroom. If they are outside, they don't concern me at all.

         

        Regards, Mark.

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