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434 Views 7 Replies Last post: Dec 16, 2013 11:21 PM by Jamie624 RSS
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Dec 16, 2013 10:09 AM

False widow?

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'.

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    Dec 16, 2013 2:44 PM (in response to Jamie624)
    Re: False widow?

    Hi Jamie624,

     

    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.

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        Dec 16, 2013 5:36 PM (in response to Jamie624)
        Re: False widow?

        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?

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          Dec 16, 2013 6:06 PM (in response to jaguarondi)
          Re: False widow?

          Good call Jaguarondi, I stand corrected.

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            Dec 16, 2013 6:34 PM (in response to Jamie624)
            Re: False widow?

            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.

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