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Oct 2, 2013 9:23 PM

Can you ID this spider?

Hi there.

 

Newbie here. There are 2 of these spiders that lurk outside our front door and make my wife very nervous (She's not a spider fan!)

 

Can you ID it for me?

I took this at night using the camera flash so it's rather bright compared to how it really looks. I can't easily get it as soon as I touch the web it scampers off into the woodwork of our overhead porch.

 

All the best

 

Chris

Portsmouth, UK.

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    Oct 2, 2013 9:26 PM (in response to Stonedofmoo)
    Re: Can you ID this spider?

    This is Steatoda nobilis, one of the false widows. They have a bit of a reputation but plenty of people live alongside without mishap. You'll plenty of posts about them on this forum.

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      Oct 2, 2013 9:28 PM (in response to jaguarondi)
      Re: Can you ID this spider?

      It's a.... Oh b....r, Jaguarondi beat me to it.

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        Oct 3, 2013 12:40 PM (in response to Stonedofmoo)
        Re: Can you ID this spider?

        They don't normally tolerate competition, but if there is plenty of food & their webs don't overlap it could allow close proximity.

         

        They don't really go much beyond their own webs & defend them vigorously, chasing off some intruders. I have one that's web overlaps into a missing sector spider's web - S nobilis doesn't seem to be bothered by the smaller neighbour (they often inhabit the same areas) and I have seen it invade the missing sector's web to steal prey.

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