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Oct 17, 2013 10:25 PM

False Widow?

Could someone identify this spider for me please. I'm sorry that the photo is of poor quality buy its taken from inside my conservatory and it's very dark outside. I'm a bit nervous that it may be a false widow. I live in the South West of Birmingham.

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    Oct 17, 2013 10:57 PM (in response to lisa)
    Re: False Widow?

    Hi Lisa,

     

    As you say the photos are a bit ropey, however spider seems to be sitting in the centre of a classic orb web? (False widows make scruffy webs like hammocks).

     

    The head looks to be dark in the centre and lighter brown at the sides. (False widows tend to have more uniform colouring accross the head).

     

    Can you confirm please? I don't think it is a false widow (I suspect it's a harmless missing sector orb weaver), but even if it was, it won't leave the web, you are safe ...and if it is high up, out of the way, it's unlikely to be a problem anyway.

     

    Regards, Mark.

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