Found this spider with a very clear skull marking outside my house tonight, can anyone confirm what it is?
This is Nuctenea umbratica, which now seems to have been given the common name of walnut orb weaver (because the markings on the abdomen look like a walnut - apparently). It's a native species, common in gardens and the countryside, but tends to hide away during the day and so is not quite so familiar as, for example, the garden cross spider
This is a Lace-webbed Spider, likely Amaurobius similis.
. . . and another one to identify please.
Found in the garden in Whitstable - we live near the beach, if that helps.
I dropped it in water - overspray from planting out etc., not an attempted drowning in a water barrel - so it probably looks a bit glossier than usual.
Heavy betting around here on it being one of the apparently now ubiquitous false widow spiders - and neighbours now running terrified they may be attacked in their beds at night. (Personally I blame the tabloids.)
Identification please and then reassurrances about likelihood of wholesale wipeout of all human life on north Kent coast.
Yes, this is Steatoda nobilis...they typically sleep in nooks & crannies, rather than in people's beds...there are more immediate threats to the population of North Kent, like our Sun becoming a red giant in about 5 billion years time...;-)