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Nov 1, 2013 7:36 PM

Is this a false widow spider?

Hi, I have found a couple of these spiders in my flat, can you tell me if is is a false widow spider?

 

Thanks!

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    Nov 1, 2013 8:28 PM (in response to Elzzy)
    Re: Is this a false widow spider?

    Hi Elzzy,

     

    It's not a great photo, but I'm fairly sure that this is a harmless, missing sector orb weaver (Zygiella x-notata), because the head appears to be brown, with a dark central stripe, or "v" shape (false widows tend to have more even colour accross the head). The legs look to be heavily striped, only sub-adult Steatoda nobilis have stripey legs (Steatoda bipuncta do too, but these are pretty harmless).

     

    Zygiella species are much more common & often found indoors. Most homes, I imagine, would have quite a few, especially on external walls & window frames (mine does).

     

    Regards, Mark.

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