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Nov 4, 2013 10:19 PM

What is this spider?

Hi, could someone identify this spider please.

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    Nov 4, 2013 10:33 PM (in response to Andy)
    Re: What is this spider?

    Hi Andy,

     

    This is a female Steatoda nobilis, the noble false widow. Is she on the floor? They usually like to be up high & rarely leave their webs. They're quite docile, so I don't mind them indoors as long as they are not in the bedroom, or bathroom...but I can understand most folks not being too keen on the idea. She'll do fine outdoors.

     

    Wandering males I tend to stick outside.

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        Nov 5, 2013 9:02 AM (in response to Andy)
        Re: What is this spider?

        Males are less common, they have smaller abdomens, often a little more drab in colour & harder to tell from generic spiders at a glance. They still have the shield like mark on the abdomen. They don't live in colonies, or nests, so even in areas where they are established you don't tend to see as high concentrations as you might with other, common spiders. Males only live for a season, don't eat. when mature and are likely to largely be dying off as the Winter comes.

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