My name is Stevo I am 15 years old, male and from widnes and i am very concerned about the spider i have just witnessed in my front garden, me and my female cousin (TOZ) went over to investigate this crawling beast, we managed to grab this picture of the beast and we are wondering if anyone has any feedback. Is this a black widow? We have the house on lock down just incase it is so it would be great to get feedback as soon as possible as we are prisoners. HELP!!!!
It's time to man-up Stevo ;-)
This is a 'House spider', Tegenaria sp. about 3 species are common in sheds, garages and clutter around the garden. This is a mature male and these leave their webs to look for a lady Tegenaria during the autumn months. If handled they can give a bit of a nip, which is shocking, but with no lasting effects - but I'm guessing you won't be picking it up.
The short of it is - it's a UK species, they are expected at this time of the year and they are harmless.
I'd say don't panic. The spider experts will confirm but it looks like an ordinary house spider to me. They can be huge. Best left alone or gently extracted from the house in a big glass
Stevo & Toz,
From what I can see in your photo (notably the plain brown abdomen), it is just a common house spider, Tegenaria domestica, or very similar species.
The false widow, Steatoda nobilis, has a smooth and patterned abdomen.