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Oct 13, 2013 8:47 PM

please help me identify this spider (possible false widow)

Hi I was wondering if anyone could help me identify if this is a false widow spider or not? Im really concerned as I have loads of them at my back door and in desperate need of identifying . Would be very glad if someone could help me!!!!!!

  • Hi Samii,

     

    Those pictures are rather poor I'm afraid. Even so, I suspect these are not false widows, more likely Zygiella x-notata, the missing sector orb weaver. These spiders weave the classic orb web, with 2 sectors missing the concentric rungs, they sit at the corner of the web during the day, often in a little web tent, then can hang in the middle of the web at night. Their heads are usually brown with a black stripe that tapers down towards the abdomen.

     

    It would be unusual (perhaps not impossible) to have loads of false widows in close proximity, they tend to have a patch & stick to it, rarely leaving their web. They don't like competition from each other, or big spiders like garden spiders. They weave a messy tangle of a web, that can look like a long hammock, they don't make the classic orb web.

     

    False widows are nowhere near as dangerous as the papers would have you believe, they don't eat human flesh or prey on people. Where I live we have loads of them - in my flat, my office, living on traffic lights, you name it. People with lowered immunity should be careful if bitten. As with any insect/animal bite/sting, any sign of infection should be treated with antibiotics. Otherwise, the effect on healthy humans is like a bee sting.

     

    Regards, Mark.

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