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Oct 26, 2013 3:52 AM

Please help Urgent

Please can you tell me if this is a false widow

And her nest as our gardens crawling with them and

I have children who are 1 and 3 who play right where

ThEse were found and need to know if it is safe for them.

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    Oct 26, 2013 7:49 AM (in response to Samcafc)
    Re: Please help Urgent

    These are the Common Garden spider, Araneus diadematus, a common and widespread species. You would be hard pressed to find a garden without these in residence. Females, as this is, are at their largest in the autumn and are laying their eggs in silken sacks about now. The female sits with these to protect them for as long as she is able, but succumbs to the cold and lack if insect prey as winter sets in. Her eggs will hatch next spring.

     

    This is a harmless species and not prone to bite.

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