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I'm sure this is the hot question at the moment but if anyone is able to help identify this spider it'd be appreciated.
This is a garden spider (Araneus diadematus), very common around taller flowering plants, bushes, exterior window frames...but sometimes find their way indoors too. Look a bit guesome, but total scaredy cats that play dead, or run, when threatened.
Thanks for your speedy reply ... play dead is exactly what it did as well, spot on.
The red back certainly gave it an appropriate Halloween appearence ... I was only concerned as it came face to face with the dog.