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Oct 24, 2013 8:02 PM

Spider identification- false widow?

Please could I have help with identifying this spider.  Not sure if it's a false widow or not. Thanks in advance.

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    Oct 24, 2013 8:05 PM (in response to JKP)
    Re: Spider identification- false widow?

    This is the Missing Sector Orb Web spider, Zygiella x-notata. This is a very common and widespread species and loves to make its web over windows and uses the corners if the frame and the sill for its refuge. I doubt there is a home in the land that does not have this species in residence.

     

    They are completely harmless and through the year they will catch a good deal of insects and other invertebrates that are considered pests. They are also one of the few species that happily feed through the winter given available winter insects.

     

    HTH

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