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Jan 15, 2014 1:23 PM

Spider ID please

Dear Sir/Madam,

 

I'd be extremely grateful for an idea of what this spider is (found in loft).

 

Very many thanks in advance.

 

Kind regards,

 

Henry

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    Jan 15, 2014 5:55 PM (in response to hprbc)
    Re: Spider ID please

    It looks like a Steatoda grossa - those light chevrons on its back are characteristic although they don't always show up well. It's a close relative of the Noble False Widow, Steatoda nobilis, which elements the press were getting so hyperventilated about last year. While we have a few S nobilis around the back of the house where I live, I haven't seen any of these - I understand from other comments on this blog that they tend to make their webs lower down near the floor rather than at height, and keep themselves to themselves.

    There's more about it here:

    http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/insects-spiders/false-widow/false-widow-species/false-widow-grossa/index.html

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        Jan 15, 2014 7:22 PM (in response to hprbc)
        Re: Spider ID please

        I've rarely come across spiders when rooting around in the loft, no doubt I'd jump too if one suprised me. The place seems to be more popular with wasps. Bites are rare but tend to happen when the spider feels physically threatened eg. it's prodded or become caught up against the skin in clothes. Check your work gloves if you leave them lying around up there!

        Chris

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