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Oct 4, 2013 10:45 PM

What kind of spider is this?

Found this in the garden 2 nights ago... Has hardly moved & now there are a few tiny identical ones close by! Not sure if clear from pic, but has a shiny bumpy body with white/cream marks on. Legs r pulled in in his pic, so r quite a bit longer than they seem. Found in SE London / KENT boarders, and slightly freaked by recent 'false widow/brown widow' reports! Can anyone tell me what this is?

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    Oct 5, 2013 5:58 AM (in response to Arls)
    Re: What kind of spider is this?

    Nothing much to worry about on this occasion. It's Nuctenea umbratica, a common native species. I've handled a few (when rescuing them from fences I've been putting wood preservative on) and have never been bitten but others have found that they can be tetchy. Not harmful though, as far as I'm aware.

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