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Oct 20, 2013 6:41 PM

False Widow Spider or not?

I've found a couple of these spiders on the back door of my student house in Bedfordshire. I'm not sure if these are too small to be a false widow but I've looked at a description of them and they have white marks on their backs. I've attached some photos although they are not the clearest. If someone could try and identify these for me I'd be very grateful.

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    Oct 20, 2013 7:01 PM (in response to ZS93)
    Re: False Widow Spider or not?

    Whilst it's impossible to confirm an ID of a spider from a photograph, normally it is possible to have an educated guess.

     

    These photos however really make it difficult. Could you get a clearer photo do you think?

     

    In the meantime, I do feel fairly confident ruling out false widows, it just doesn't look like a Steatoda to me.

     

    If I had to guess, i'd go with either a Zygiella atrica or a Metellina sementata...

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