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Nov 5, 2013 9:07 AM

Spider

Hey

I found this spider next to my bed the other day.

Would you be able to tell me what type of spider is it?

 

Thanks

Hayley

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    Nov 5, 2013 9:48 AM (in response to Hayley)
    Re: Spider

    It's a 'Beside the Bed' spider AKA the Missing Sector Orb Weaver, Zygiella x-notata.

     

    This is a very common and widespread species and loves to make its web over windows and uses the corners if the frame and the sill for its refuge. I doubt there is a home in the land that does not have this species in residence.

     

    It is also the species most commonly mistaken for the Noble False Widow, Steatoda nobilis.

     

    Zygiella spp. are completely harmless and through the year they will catch a good deal of insects and other invertebrates that are considered pests. They are also one of the few species that happily feed through the winter given available winter insects.

     

    HTH

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