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Oct 24, 2013 8:08 PM

Spider ID

Hello!

 

Please can somebody id the spiders in the attached pictures?

 

Thanks!

 

 

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    Oct 24, 2013 8:42 PM (in response to DoyleMCR)
    Re: Spider ID

    Unfortunately all images are tantalisingly out of focus - but from what I can see I feel it must be Zygiella x-notata, commonly known as the Missing Sector Orb Web spider. 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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