I know this is very 'flavour of the month', but I've been trying to identify a spider living on our balcony in Worcestershire. It seems very shy so it's been difficult to get a decent picture of it, but hopefully someone can help. I'd also like to add that I'm not worried at all, just curious!
If it helps, it has a tangled sort of web structure, not a sheet or spiral web.
Thanks very much for any help you can provide. :)
Indeed, this is one of our more shy spiders, I have one in my living room & they don't make good models - I probably get one or two shots a week of it...most of the time, I just get it in the viewfinder and it bolts for cover!
It's Steatoda nobilis, the noble false widow. It looks like a female, they're home-bodies really & generally stay in the web/close to a hiding place, usually up off the ground if there is footfall in the vicinity. If you see any males (similar shield style marking, but a much smaller abdomen, about equal to the head), I'd relocate them, as they tend to wander about more. Even so, they're fairly shy & docile too.
Thanks, wasn't expecting such a fast reply!
Got home from work tonight and there seemed to be a second female dangling precariously from the same web. I'd assume there must be at least one male somewhere nearby. The web is directly above the lightswitch to our entrance balcony, which is pitch black at night as there isn't another nearby light source. How would we go about relocating them to save accidentally disturbing them if they wander too far from their corner? I couldn't like to try it myself! :P
How far are they from the light switch? If it's whole yards, then it may not be an issue.
Trying to catch them increases the risk of contact, once they are removed eventually it is likely that another will take their place.
We have a couple living above the front entrance to our flats, a mature female & a spiderling, close by. Both are no more that 8" from the doorway...and there they stay. It is likely that if you make a reasonable disturbance, that they will bolt for cover.