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Nov 15, 2013 9:15 PM

Can anyone identify this spider?

Sorry for the quality of the the photos but can anyone tell me what this is?


I know all the reports of false widows are mainley in the south and im up in Manchester but have 3 of thease living on my front window. (2 alive and this dead one)


Thank you in advance. 

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    Nov 15, 2013 10:38 PM (in response to FezzyP)
    Re: Can anyone identify this spider?

    Hi FezzyP,


    There probably isn't a house in the land that doesn't have some of these spiders. This is a missing sector orb weaver, most likely Zygiella x-notata. A harmless & very widespread spider, though they are occasionally mistaken for false widows. If you look closely at the head you may see that it is brown at the sides and dark/black in the centre? False widows tend to have more even colouring accross the head. The pattern on the abdomen doesn't fit for a false widow either. Lastly, these spiders weave the classic orb web, that hangs vertically, parallel to the widow pane - false widows tend to weave a messy, shelf-like web and hang in it horizontally, upsde down & belly up.

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