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Nov 16, 2013 4:06 PM

Spider identification

Sorry - second post!

Don't think the photo attached.

Is this a false widow? Found in my garden in Perth

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    Nov 16, 2013 4:37 PM (in response to Julie)
    Re: Spider identification

    hi instead of making a new post could i also jump on the spider identification please. saw this on our kitchen tiles last night about 1.30am.

     

    i beleive it to be a noble false widow?

     

    thanks

     

    IMAG0242.jpg

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    Nov 16, 2013 4:47 PM (in response to Julie)
    Re: Spider identification

    Julie's is a lace web weaver, Amaurobius species, maybe A. similis a common species which doesn't have a bad reputation. It's not a false widow.

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    Nov 16, 2013 5:43 PM (in response to Julie)
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    hi sorry these are the best i got. didnt want to get close (i am arachnaphobic)

     

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      Nov 16, 2013 9:47 PM (in response to woozyUK)
      Re: Spider identification

      Hi Woozy,

       

      That's more "the same picture, but bigger", than a better picture...but S. nobilis is still "likely". Unlike big house spiders, this guy is much more likely to run away from you, than at you...they're really not very brave. They don't leap/charge at you, they just want to be left alone, or scuttle off into a dark crevice.

       

      I used to be terrified of spiders & the thought of a false widow would have totally freaked me out...until I actually caught a male like yours & kept him in a jar (ventilated, with some cover for him to hide behind) for a while...I got to the point where I felt sorry for him every time I made him quake with fear & let him go!

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    Nov 16, 2013 6:12 PM (in response to Julie)
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    also those bigger house spides we get in the house. why do they seem to run towards you? whenever i see them they do seem to run at you

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