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Sep 23, 2013 9:43 PM

Spider ID

Hi guys,

 

Can anyone ID this spider? Poor pic sorry she hides always with light so I get one flash of the camera and one chance, lol. I am thinking false widow? She's pretty big, about 10 - 50pence size but hard to tell as she is so shy and only out at night.

 

Many thanks

Karina

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    Sep 24, 2013 10:43 AM (in response to MrsBucks)
    Re: Spider ID

    Hi Karina,

     

    Yes, she's a false widow - Steatoda nobilis.

     

    Indeed, very shy, I have the same trouble trying to take pics of my resident nobilis ;-)

     

    Regards, Mark.

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        Sep 24, 2013 2:22 PM (in response to MrsBucks)
        Re: Spider ID

        Yes, the females tend to stay close to their web & hiding place.

         

        Males are less common but, as you say, they do wander & can get into bother through that. The males are smaller than your specimen & have much smaller abdomens, about the same size as the head? They still have the 'shield' like marking on the abdomen, but tend to be relatively drab & easily mistaken for other species from a distance (with a lot of male spiders, you have to get up close to determine species).

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            Sep 24, 2013 5:56 PM (in response to MrsBucks)
            Re: Spider ID

            Yes, the daddy long legs (Pholcus phalangioides) often feed on other spiders, often with a body size many times their own.

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