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Nov 3, 2013 7:04 PM

Can anyone identify this spider?

Found on my wife's face in a garden in south Cornwall!  I would be very interested to have it identified.

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    Nov 3, 2013 9:18 PM (in response to Nighthawk)
    Re: Can anyone identify this spider?

    This is a mature male Lace Web spider, Amaurobius sp ., and probably Amaurobius similis.


    Several species of lace web spiders are common around the outside of our homes and gardens. They make a characteristic lace-like web on fences, sheds, walls and among general clutter around the garden.


    Males are prone to wander indoors when mature and looking for a mate. Bites have been reported when a spider has been trapped against the skin, but with little pain or lasting symptoms.


    Has to be said that they are not known for their love of ladies faces .... perhaps he got a few ideas from recent Halloween festivities ;)

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