Are these Noble False Widows?
After sending a few photos through to NHM's via their facebook page, of what I believed to be Noble False Widows,
they wrote back and comfirmed that they where "False Widows" though not sure what kind and asked me to send the photos
via this ID forum.
Yes, these are Steatoda nobilis, the most notorious of our six UK species of 'False Widow'. That are not 'deadly' as recent stories have misled. I feel it is good to be aware of this spider though and if you are uncomfortable with them inside the house then eject them, though there is certainly no reason to jump up and down on them.
Where in the UK have you seen these, just in case it's a new distributional record?
These where found in our kitchen,
We live in Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 5HD.
Personally they do not bother me and i'm not really worried about them, althoug my wife has a phobia of normal spiders, so this takes it to another level.. I did explain that the chances of being bitten are low and there is no reports of anyone in the UK being killed from a false widow.
I kinda think it's cool, Though i would rather leave them alone as I don't have a problem with them, I have to get rid of them (catching them and letting them loose outside) as wife just can't go anywhere near them, won't even go in the same room.
There was one thing i was worried about, we have pets, 1 cat & 1 house rabbit are these in danger?
Thanks in advance.
One other thing I forgot to ask,
As this has been confirmed as a Noble False Widow, can you tell from the photo weather of not this is a male or female, it was the size of a 50p coin.. I have read that the males don't bite, only the females do.
I've been trying to find if they pets are in danger, a yet I have found nothing so I am asuming that they are not, as the spiders would rather (like most uk spiders) flee then fight.