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Jul 28, 2014 11:10 PM

Yet another false widow?

Hi,

 

I'd appreciate help in identifying the spider in the attached photographs - I think it's a false widow but would welcome any other opinions.

 

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It was one of 2 or 3 in my conservatory where they're living in the rafters (plus at least one on the outside). I'm not too concerned about them in the conservatory (all though we may stop storing our shoes out there) but would appreciate any advice on whether they're likely to come inside - we may have one living in my 3 year olds window frame which is open at the moment because of the heat and we'd rather not have her room invaded.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Dave.

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    Jul 29, 2014 10:12 AM (in response to daveb)
    Re: Yet another false widow?

    Definitely a noble false widow (Steatoda nobilis) and the location you've found them in is very typical of them. They can give a bite if provoked (often said to be akin to a bee sting) but not as dangerous as the press too often makes them out to be. For more information about the false widows see:

     

    http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/insects-spiders/false-widow/index.html

     

    If you are concerned, it wouldn't do any harm to remove (with care!) the one in your 3 year olds window and put it at the bottom of the garden/somewhere else outside. Also a good idea to let them know that they should treat these spiders with the same respect as they would a bee or wasp.

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