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Oct 30, 2013 3:33 PM

spider identification please possible false widow

Please can somebody identify this for me, location is Devon

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    Oct 30, 2013 4:24 PM (in response to vixklm)
    Re: spider identification please possible false widow

    Hi Vixklm,

     

    This looks to be an immature Steatoda nobilis (some striping around the legs, which become more of a red-brown as they mature).

     

    If it bothers you, just put it outside. They are actually quite docile (the spider in your photo is in a defensive pose, as if it feels under threat...normally it would bolt for a hiding place, putting it's head somewhare dark - they often still leave their behinds visible, which  can look a little comical) & their bite is not dangerous, nor deadly. Unpleasant perhaps, but very, very unlikely and the venom is no worse than a bee/wasp sting.

     

    Females are home-bodies & generally stick to their web, close to a hiding place. Males can wander about, but are more seasonal. They are well established along the South coast & SE England...& before the recent press frenzy, largely went unnoticed.

     

    Regards, Mark.

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