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Oct 20, 2013 7:33 PM

Unknown Spider, can you identify?

I've found a large amount of unknown spiders in and around our windows and doors that go to our garden.

They are all on the outside, approximately the size of a 5p coin and extremely fast moving.

Will all the hype and scaremongering in the media about False Widows, and having 3 children under 5 who like to use the garden regularly,  I just wanted some peace of mind that these are harmless spiders and we can leave the little creatures to get on with their lives.

I hope the photos are good enough to identify, and thank you in advance!

FYI we live in the South West of the UK if this has any bearing on its species.

Nikki :)

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    Oct 20, 2013 8:34 PM (in response to LittleMissGrumpy)
    Re: Unknown Spider, can you identify?

    These are Zygiella, almost certainly Z. x-notata, also known as missing sector orb weaver and a very common, harmless native species. I have hundreds in my garden.

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      Oct 20, 2013 10:16 PM (in response to jaguarondi)
      Re: Unknown Spider, can you identify?

      I have also observed the same spider 'hanging around' outside my garden back door and kitchen windows - particularly at night. If they encroached to close to the roof eaves another spider the hungry (blue/black in colour) Tube Web would jump out and grab the smaller spider for supper. 

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