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May 27, 2014 4:15 PM

Is this a False Widow?

This spider was one of four I found in my back garden over the weekend - about the size of a 50p along with around 20 smaller versions on my wooden gates... Is it a false widow spider?

 

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    May 28, 2014 10:23 AM (in response to jam1e)
    Re: Is this a False Widow?

    Hi, it's definitely a false widow and in all likelihood it's a noble false widow, Steatoda nobilis. Find out more about the false widows here: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/insects-spiders/false-widow/index.html

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        May 31, 2014 10:10 AM (in response to jam1e)
        Re: Is this a False Widow?

        Nothing to worry about though, they won't bother you

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            Jun 11, 2014 11:47 AM (in response to jam1e)
            Re: Is this a False Widow?

            They often live in close proximity to us, but aren't really interested in us, nor relish our presence. They seem to prefer areas with low human footfall & least interference (up off the ground, close to a bolt hole/cover around nooks & crannies). Females tend to set up a web & stick to it, give the patio furniture a periodic once over if it gives you peace of mind.

             

            You're more likely to encounter wasps & bees when sitting outside.

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