I`m hopng you could identify these two spiders ive found in the home over the last couple of days, The first one I saw on the landing immediately after going in the outhouse to get my sander and thought I might have brought it into the home with me.
The second one has been living in the top of the blind in the kitchen. Whilst trying to get some pictures of them the lighter coloured spider dropped a white liquid which seems to have black dots in it, Any idea what that is too?
Are either of them any relation to the false widow?... I also have a third one with different markings which is smaller and wouldn`t sit still for his photo!
The first is Steatoda bipunctata, the Rabbit Hutch spider - yes a False Widow species but not one that is implicated in bites.
The second is the Missing Sector Orb Web spider, Zygiella x-notata. This is a very common and widespread species and loves to make its web over windows and uses the corners if the frame and the sill for its refuge. I doubt there is a home in the land that does not have this species in residence.
It is also the species most commonly mistaken for the Noble False Widow, Steatoda nobilis.
Zygiella spp. are completely harmless and through the year they will catch a good deal of insects and other invertebrates that are considered pests. They are also one of the few species that happily feed through the winter given available winter insects.
For info. on False Widow spiders including Steatoda bipunctata please see the following links: