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Oct 25, 2013 10:15 PM

Spider in Burgess Hill aka Bug Hill

Spotted 12-10-2013

This Spider appears to be a false widow?

Found on the Close Boarded fence.....the larger females prefer the gap in the posts where the horizontal aris rail slots into the post, creating funnel webs at the entrance. So far 12 Females.

Plus 50+ mini male versions ..... and they prefer the gaps below the horizontal aris rails tucked up between the fence boards and the aris rail as these gaps are smaller.

The webs are far stonger than the normal ones found. Also we now have no other Spiders Specis in the garden.

There are corpses everwhere. These Spiders appear to be wiping out all other Spiders.

Spider Burgess Hill West Sussex 12-10-13.jpg


Location Burgess Hill West Sussex.

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    Oct 25, 2013 11:06 PM (in response to TOURAN TULA)
    Re: Spider in Burgess Hill aka Bug Hill

    Hi Touran Tula,


    The spider in the photo is indeed a female Steatoda nobilis (one of the false widow species).


    Can you take some photos of the 50+ mini males? Whilst S nobilis may indeed eat other spiders, they will also tolerate smaller spiders in very close proximity, usually chasing off larger, competing seems slightly unusual that these would be decimating the local spider population?


    I have recently watched wasps scrub a wall of my flat absolutely clean of spiders, so I wonder if they may not be other causes as to the lack of other species?


    Regards, Mark.

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