can someone please tell me if this is a false widow and should i be worried that there are more? i live in preston lancs, so am quite further north than internet would suggest the spiders are, but there are some reports of spiders travelling north due to milder winters.
No, it's not a false widow, it's a missing sector orb weaver (Zygiella species) very common especially around window frames, mostly outside but sometimes inside too.
Where I live, we have false widows everywhere...when/if they get to Preston, life will carry on, just as it does here now. The sensationalist stories in the press are frankly irresponsible, given the needless fear they have instilled in people.
hi thanks so much for putting mine and my daughters mind at rest, hubby was just coming to same conclusion but was nice to have it backed up,we are just releasing him from his very well taped up tupperware container and i agree the press have a lot to answer for lol many thanks once again