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Mar 12, 2014 9:31 PM

Is this a false widow spider?

Found this spider with a very clear skull marking outside my house tonight, can anyone confirm what it is?

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    Mar 13, 2014 12:43 PM (in response to Pedro)
    Re: Is this a false widow spider?

    I think this might be Ero tuberculata, sometimes called the pirate spider. It invades the webs of other spiders and attacks and feeds on the occupants.

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    Mar 13, 2014 1:17 PM (in response to Pedro)
    Re: Is this a false widow spider?

    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

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    Mar 13, 2014 3:40 PM (in response to Pedro)
    Re: Is this a false widow spider?

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    Can anyone tell me if this is a false widow?

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      Mar 13, 2014 4:46 PM (in response to HollyG)
      Re: Is this a false widow spider?

      Hi HollyG,

       

      No, it's not a false widow.

       

      Not easy to tell exactly what it is, is it wet? Markings are like  lace weaver but they are usually hairy rather than glossy?

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      Mar 25, 2014 3:58 PM (in response to HollyG)
      Re: Is this a false widow spider?

      Hello,

      This is a Lace-webbed Spider, likely Amaurobius similis.

      http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/lace-weaver-spider

      Yours,

      Florin

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        Re: Is this a false widow spider?

        . . . 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.

        Thanks,

        Patrick.

         

         

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          Mar 29, 2014 5:05 PM (in response to Patrick)
          Re: Is this a false widow spider?

          Hi Patrick,

           

          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...;-)

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