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Oct 23, 2013 12:55 PM

Its Spider identification time again..

Hi, i Live in Sheffield and was bitten by this spider back in 2010. It wasnt dramatic, just a sharp prick that woke me from my midday sofa-nap and left a small red dot with some redness around it.


Can you tell me what it is? I thought i had identified it as a False Widow at the time (via google images)but now the media is reporting it has only recently made its way as far north as Derby.


Many thanks in advance,



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    Oct 23, 2013 2:36 PM (in response to BeckyK`)
    Re: Its Spider identification time again..

    Hi Becky,


    This is a false widow, but not the one that is typically the subject of the media stories (Steatoda nobilis), though even stories purporting to stem from S nobilis bites are sometimes carrying photos of different species.


    This looks like a male Steatoda grossa, they appear more widespread than S. nobilis, reported as far North as Lincolnshire & Lancashire, with a smattering in Scotland.


    They are pretty shy, the males wander in search of mates, so may be more visible. Females tend to stay out of our way.


    Regards, Mark.

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