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Nov 1, 2013 7:23 PM

What Spider Species is This?

Came across this and was wondering if it is the False White Widow species that has been in the new lately.

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    Nov 1, 2013 7:37 PM (in response to momo)
    Re: What Spider Species is This?

    Hi Momo,

     

    Yes & no. This is a false widow (Steatoda nobilis), it has featured in the news....but then, so have "deadly, flesh eating" spiders, which this certainly is not! ;-)

     

    This looks like a male, they are often caught wandering about looking for a mate. This can lead them into trouble, if you feel better doing so, just contain him in something & then pop him outside. Females are more likely to stick to their web that they make close to a hiding place/cover. They are less prone to going on long walks.

     

    Both males & females survive just fine outside, understandably a lot of folk aren't keen on them being indoors. I put males outside, but don't really mind females if they aren't in the bedroom/bathroom. They can bite, but this is usually only when they are trapped/crushed against the skin, they are quite docile otherwise.

     

    Regards, Mark.

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