Is it possible for someone to be able to tell me what species of spider this is? It's more for my curiosity than anything. It's made a very happy home on the outside of our kitchen window and has been there for a few weeks now. I'm wondering if it is a false widow spider due to its markings and if it is then is there really any concern
I should have? I don't believe in all the media hype about them so would just like some educated advice on the matter. (Don't want to be opening the window and inviting him in for tea if they should really be avoided).
This 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.