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Oct 19, 2013 10:00 AM

Is this a False widow (Bucks)

Hi,

 

 

Can anyone identify if this is a False Widow it is quite large the body/head is around 1.5 cm long. We have seen a few spiders like this one in and around our house.photo.JPG

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    Oct 19, 2013 11:17 AM (in response to waltersash)
    Re: Is this a False widow (Bucks)

    Yes it's a false widow. Couldn't tell u the exact species name but we have plenty of these in our garden.

     

    Great picture, perfect angle for spotting it's tell tale crown!

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    Oct 19, 2013 11:21 AM (in response to waltersash)
    Re: Is this a False widow (Bucks)

    It is indeed and is Steatoda nobilis, the most notorious of our six UK species of this group. They are not deadly as has been reported but can and do bite, though very occasionally and under somewhat exceptional circumstances. I have this species all over my the outside of my home, the garden and in the greenhouse - my rule if thumb is to give the toe of my boot to any I find setting up home inside the house, but otherwise I am not concerned. The truth is that you are far more likely to be stung by a bee or wasp than go be bitten by this spider - and on average people are stung 2-3 times in their lives.

     

    HTH

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    Oct 19, 2013 12:42 PM (in response to waltersash)
    Re: Is this a False widow (Bucks)

    These are two of the biggest we have found so far. Very similar to yours although the markings are always bright yellow on the falsie's big shiny black abdomen, around our home.

     

    How can I tell wether it's male or female?

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