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Sep 26, 2013 2:39 PM

Spider identification

Hi, could someone please give me an ID on this spider please?  It was in the house and we have quite a few outside in a south facing corner. Apologies for the bad camera phone photo!

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    Sep 26, 2013 3:34 PM (in response to Chris)
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    Hi Chris,

     

    This little fellow is a male Steatoda nobilis (false widow). The males do wander about & get into bother through this. The much plumper females tend to stick to their webs and normally have a hiding place close by, they rarely stray whole feet from there.

     

    I'd put the male outside.

     

    Regards, Mark.

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        Sep 26, 2013 6:35 PM (in response to Chris)
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        Hi Chris,

         

        You could try britishspiders.org.uk?

         

        I think though, the horse has pretty much bolted with respect to the novelty of Steatoda nobilis sightings in the greater London/South East/South Coast? They aren't established everywhere in the UK as yet (Jaguarondi tells us they haven't reached his part of Norfolk yet), but they have been seen as far north as Aberdeen.

         

        They are fascinating and perhaps misunderstood creatures.

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          Sep 26, 2013 6:41 PM (in response to MWJB)
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          Hello

           

          Can you help me identify this spider? It was found in a garden fence in south London, with many others. My friend had also filmed it grabbing a large twig with its pincers

           

          Thanks

          Stacey

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            Sep 26, 2013 6:52 PM (in response to stacey)
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            Hi Stacey,

             

            That looks very much like a male Segestria florentina (though both Lewis & Jaguarondi are better placed than me to make a firm ID). S. florentina are well established in SE London & N Kent.

             

            By all accounts, they are not very "touchy feely", so best to look & not touch.

             

            Regards, Mark.

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              Sep 26, 2013 7:11 PM (in response to MWJB)
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              Thank you for replying.

               

              They do not sound like nice creatures!!

               

              This is my first post so do I need to contact these people directly to get a definite ID?

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                Sep 26, 2013 7:46 PM (in response to stacey)
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                Hi Stacey,

                 

                No, if I'm wrong (though there aren't a lot of other candidates for a spider like the one in your photo), they'll correct me, via this post & thread.

                 

                Regards, Mark.

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                  Sep 26, 2013 7:57 PM (in response to MWJB)
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                  Hi Mark

                   

                  Thanks so much for your help. I will let my friend know that he should leave well alone! He has two young children so don't want them bitten. Do they normally venture into houses?

                   

                  Stacey

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                Sep 26, 2013 7:55 PM (in response to stacey)
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                Thanks Mark but I'm no expert on Segestria - I've seen a few senoculata, but only one florentina. But yes, from the overall colour and the abdominal pattern I agree that's florentina. Impressive but, as Mark says, don't try and stroke it.

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            Sep 26, 2013 10:03 PM (in response to stacey)
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            Hi Stacey.

            It's a small world to be sure. My daughter sent me the video of the spider grabbing the twig on facebook and I took the liberty of sending your friend a message (on facebook) earlier. As MWJB and Jaguarondi have allready said this is Segestria Florentina. There are loads about at the moment in our area. They used to be located around Travis Perkins woodyard at Sidcup Station but have now spread to the High Street and down Sidcup Hill. They are pretty much here to stay in the Bexley area. Just wait untill you see a really big one. This one had a body length of 32mm!

             

            Big Segestria 011.JPG

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              Sep 26, 2013 10:10 PM (in response to Lewis)
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              Hi Lewis

               

              Oh my goodness!!!!! It is a small world! Glad you contacted him. Not seen one myself but will be very aware of them now. 

               

              Thanks everyone for being so helpful

               

              Stacey

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    Oct 24, 2013 2:48 AM (in response to Chris)
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    Hi all

     

    Can anyone identify this spider found in my friends garden this evening?

     

    Thanks

    Stacey

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      Oct 24, 2013 9:09 AM (in response to stacey)
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      Hi Stacey.

      This is a Walnut Orb Weaver Nuctenea umbratica. They're quite common but not often seen as they tend to be nocturnal. Their web is very similar to a common Garden Spider. They have a reputation as a bit of a biter when handled, although people whose opinions I trust say this is undeserved,

      Lewis

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        Oct 24, 2013 11:29 PM (in response to Lewis)
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        Hi Lewis

         

        Thanks for that, my friend has put it in a jar as he didn't know if it was dangerous.

         

        I will tell him to release it and leave it alone

         

        Thanks again

        Stacey

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