I found a spider in my uni kitchen today... I've heard that there might be false widows here in Leicestershire and now I've found this guy!
Any ideas? Its legspan is bigger than a penny and it's front two feet are really long! I'm going to put it outside now, I hope the picture quality is good enough.
Any help would be nice = ]
Sorry I don't know how to make this a 'question'.
It's a male garden spider (Araneus diadematus), they do wander indoors from time to time, despite their gruesome look they are usually docile & flee, or play dead if interfered with. He'll be happier outside.
I think this is Larinioides sclopetarius, the bridge spider. The markings on the abdomen and cephalothorax make it distinct from Araneus diadematus. Is your uni next to a river / lake / something wet?
Oh thats interesting, ive not heard of bridge spiders before. Well we've had a lot of wet weather ove the last couple of weeks but the nearest body of water/water feature is the canal which is a good ten minute walk from here.. would they stray that far from what I assume would be their natural habitat?
They're not rare but you usually only find them close to water - and by close I mean a few metres. The only exception I can recall was finding them in a rather spartan outside public toilet - although I suppose there was water nearby! I wouldn't rule out Larinioides cornutus but it's usually found near water too.
Well I'm definitely more than a few metres away from water (excluding the kitchen sink..) how odd that it found its way to my flat then. Perhaps it was accidently carried inside by a flatmate, I know one of us frequently runs alongside the canal but that's idle speculation.Thanks for the ID, its nice to put curiosities to rest = ]