I found this wee fella scaling the wall in my kitchen a couple of weeks ago. I'm minded to think it's a false widow?
The place I live makes me dubious though. I'm 50 miles north of Inverness so have never heard of one so far north.
It's abdomen was about the size of a garden pea and the markings were slightly more white in colour than the photos suggest.
Any ideas would be appreciated as I'm far from an expert.
Looks of course can always be deceiving - this one example looking like Steatoda bipunctata.
I will have to get you clued up Lewis, I will make it my mission and I am working on a set of Steatoda snaps to aid diagnosis . Note the stripy looking legs and the median line, which starts of at the front of the abdomen quite sharply at least. On this example this line branches out into chevrons which is partly due to it being so well fed and expanded. Being found so far north also settles the id - but you can't rule it out.