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Nov 5, 2013 10:40 PM

Is this a false widow?

Can anyone advise if this could be a False Widow? Found in our garage tonight. Thank you in advance.

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    Nov 5, 2013 10:53 PM (in response to Spiderman)
    Re: Is this a false widow?

    This is the Missing Sector Orb Web spider, 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 - even by myself from some images :)

     

    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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