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Oct 20, 2013 10:56 AM

False widow spidder?

Hey, recently heard about the increasing population of the false widow spider in Britain, and spotted this spider on the window. Not sure what type, but looks like thphoto.JPGe false widows on the internet. Any ideas? Thanks

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    Oct 20, 2013 11:17 AM (in response to Brandon)
    Re: False widow spidder?

    Looks like a harmless Garden spider (Araneus diadematus) Brandon.

     

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      Oct 20, 2013 10:47 PM (in response to mellojo)
      Re: False widow spidder?

      Yep. It's got to be the 'harmless' Garden Spider. Although, having said that, I once went to rescue a Speckled Wood butterfly that I observed become entangled in a Garden Spider's web - whereupon the spider made a dash to grab it. I placed my hand in the way while un-entangling the butterfly to see it flutter off to freedom. The spider being barred from its prey gave me a quick bite on the back of the right hand and scurried back up its web. The bite was immediately itchy but not overly painful for a hour or so. Of course, I deserved the bite for allowing the spider's supper to escape. 

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