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Dec 23, 2013 8:55 PM

Is this a false widow?

Looks a bit like one, but not sure?

 

It was about the size of a five pence piece, and it reared up as if to attack when my dad caught it.

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    Dec 23, 2013 9:23 PM (in response to Imogen)
    Re: Is this a false widow?

    Hi Imogen,

     

    If this little lady was indeed rearing up to attack, she was having ideas waaaayy above her station. She is a harmless, missing sector orb weaver (Zygiella x-notata most likely). These are very common in and around homes, especially on windows, all over the country.

     

    As you can see the head is light brown around the sides, a thin dark line around the side, with a thick, dark central stripe/chevron tapering back towards the abdomen. Steatodas (false widows) tend to have a more uniform colouring accross the whole of the head.  The central marking on the abdomen is more like  flare, or feather, Steatoda nobilis has a marking more like a shield or a pentangle. The spider in the photo has very clear stripes around the legs, adult noble false widows tend to have more uniform colouring on the legs, though sub-adult steatoda nobilis can have some striping.

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