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Jul 1, 2014 8:18 PM

Cave Spider?

Hi all

 

In my back garden is a manhole and inside there has always been a family of these spiders. Every year I like to have a look

and see how they are getting on. This year, they seemed more colourful than before and I've always wondered what type they

were.

 

I have looked at thousands of spider images and drawn a blank.

 

However, yesterday, I Googled 'Spider manhole' and found this story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-23697949

These look very similar to mine. Can anyone confirm this for me?

 

We need to remove the manhole soon as it is dissused and we need to landscape the garden. I don't want to destroy their home but if they are

Cave Spiders, where on earth can I relocate them to?

 

Thank you for any help

 

Here's the  photos I took of mine:

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    Jul 1, 2014 9:31 PM (in response to BritishBeefUK)
    Re: Cave Spider?

    Yes, it's one of the Meta species, most likely M. menardi. I can't help with relocation but from forums like this it does seem they can be found in quite a variety of dark places, even sheds once. I did wonder if those culverts that run under roads etc. would be good for them

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      Jul 2, 2014 10:14 AM (in response to jaguarondi)
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      Hi,we have a big koi pond with a pagoda over it,there are many spiders in here. One of which we are sure was the infamous false widow ( pic attached)  we haven't seen him for a few weeks but recently a new web appeared and last night we met its occupant! Could you possibly identify both of these for me.would be most grateful:)

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        Jul 2, 2014 3:36 PM (in response to Rossy)
        Re: Cave Spider?

        First 2 images are Nuctenea umbratica, AKA walnut orb weaver.

         

        The split image has a false widow (Steatoda nobilis) on the left, a totally harmless Zygiella species (missing sector orb weaver) on the right.

         

        Last shot is also a missing sector orb weaver.

         

        False widows out of doors pose little cause for concern, if you are aware that they are there. If you see a spider in a classic orb web (hanging vertically with radiating strands & concentric rings) it's unlikely to be a false widow, I have only seen them venture into such webs to steal food from other spiders. S. nobilis typically makes a shelf/canopy like web, in which it usually hangs horizontally, belly up.

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          Jul 2, 2014 8:39 PM (in response to MWJB)
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          Thankyou for that,it has put my mind at ease.i was convinced the split pic was the same as the false widow but am now no longer concerned. As a spider expert you would have a field day in our pond house. There are a couple of the other webs you described, I will post pics later to show you.many thanks again:-)

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