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Oct 12, 2013 5:45 PM

Can someone ID these for me please?

I live in the UK and I discovered these two spiders in under my lawnmower in my shed today. The lower photo is a close up of one of them.

I found a S. Grossa in my shed 5 years ago. These two have slightly different markings but are they S. Grossa as well?

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    Oct 12, 2013 6:03 PM (in response to Saray777)
    Re: Can someone ID these for me please?

    The spider in photo 2 and the larger one in 1 are Steatoda bipunctata. This is closely related to the false widows but is a small native UK species. I have a few in my house and don't worry about them.

     

    Not sure about the small one in photo 1 - that might be another S.b. but if you can take a close up I might have a better idea. It's not a false widow anyway.  

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          Oct 14, 2013 6:59 AM (in response to Saray777)
          Re: Can someone ID these for me please?

          Yes, the one in the middle of the picture is a Steatoda bipunctata.

           

          (When I said it wasn't a false widow I tend to reserve that term for the larger non-native Steatodas but others do include this species. I don't know if there is an official definition but I never heard false widow used when we just had bipunctata)

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