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Mar 1, 2014 2:06 PM

Can anyone identify this spider?

This is the first time I've seen this kind of spider in my area (South Tottenham, London), and wondered if anyone can identify it. I wouldn't usually bother, but it looks very different from the usual types we have here.

 

The biggest one on the orange plastic was on the underside of a slide in the garden, two smaller ones were found on the metal frame.

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    Mar 1, 2014 8:59 PM (in response to NicholasG)
    Re: Can anyone identify this spider?

    Hi Nicolas,

     

    Neither spider is unusual in the S or SE of England.

     

    The spider on the blue pot is Steatoda bipuncta AKA the Rabbit Hutch spider. Whilst one of the false widow species, it is not generally considered a problem, or a biter. Yours is a lovely looking example.

     

    The spider on the orange plastic is another Steatoda, this time S. nobilis, the noble false widow. This is the one that tends to grab the headlines, but although they can bite, they are far more docile than those headlines would suggest. Females like yours tend to stick to one spot, and head for the nearest hiding place if disturbed, they are really not aggressive. Bites are usually the result of a spider being crushed against the skin. Yours looks like a whopper! You have nothing to fear from a false widow in the garden, or on the exterior of your home...less of a worry than bees, or wasps.

     

    Some pics of the smaller spiders on the metal frame might be useful, S. nobilis aren't good at sharing with the same species, but they can often be found amongst the smaller, totally harmless, Zygiella species, who also happen to be commonly mistaken for S. nobilis. I'm just saying, don't jump to any conclusions that you have an 'infestation', before confirming the identity of the smaller ones.

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        Mar 2, 2014 9:25 PM (in response to NicholasG)
        Re: Can anyone identify this spider?

        These 2 photos are of Araneus diadematus, the garden or cross spider. In the warmer months you'll probably find them in just about any garden, or bushy areas. They can grow to a good size and vary greatly in colouring (from black & white, brown, to vivid orange), but you'll still recognise them by the white cross on their abdomen. They can look a bit gruesome, especially the skinnier, ganglier males, but they're pretty docile. They sometimes make their webs on the exterior of houses too, I had a few move indoors the other summer & sit out the Winter indoors.

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    Mar 3, 2014 11:10 PM (in response to NicholasG)
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    Hi

     

    Can anyone identify this spider? Its roughly 3cm in length (with legs). Not sure if its a false widow. Its in my conservatory.

     

    Hope you can zoom in

     

    Thanks

    Stacey

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