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Jul 19, 2014 3:37 PM

Spider id please.

This spider was found inside the house sitting on my umbrella.   The body is about 6mm across.

Any ideas please?  Thanks.

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    Jul 19, 2014 4:51 PM (in response to balky)
    Re: Spider id please.

    Glare/reflection on the spider's abdomen makes the markings a bit tricky to see, but this is most likely the Rabbit Hutch spider (Steatoda bipuncta). It is one of our false widow species, but not typically recorded as a biter - file under harmless.

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        Jul 19, 2014 5:13 PM (in response to balky)
        Re: Spider id please.

        Have a look after dusk, they're pretty good at concealing themselves during the day in cracks, gaps & vents. If it was a female & established in a web it may not have gone far (assuming it hasn't been driven out by bad weather etc.) Males (smaller abdomens) wander by nature, if he was there & gone, there's not much cause to think he'll be back.

         

        I get S. nobilis, S. grossa & S. bipuncta indoors, they're much less of a cause for concern compared to the popular perception.

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