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Nov 8, 2013 12:33 PM

Is this a false widow spider please?

This spider was walking across the paving in the garden. I live in Essex, is it a false widow? It has little dimples on its back, walks very slowly, and has almost 'airbrushed' beige minute speckles on the sides of its body.  

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    Nov 8, 2013 12:50 PM (in response to Xriss)
    Re: Is this a false widow spider please?

    Hi Xriss,

     

    Yes it looks like a female Steatoda. Probably S. grossa, but I couldn't rule out S. nobilis for sure.

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        Nov 8, 2013 2:17 PM (in response to Xriss)
        Re: Is this a false widow spider please?

        I'd treat it the same as you'd treat a bee? But it's less dangerous than a bee... and can't fly...or even run fast...and is scared of people. She's probably traumatised because she's had nowhere to hide, they like a bit of cover.

         

        I'm sure she'll easily survive a night in captivity...they seem to survive months without food and can live for a few years.

         

        There's no need to kill it, just let it go...I can understand not wanting one in the house but they are unlikely to be any problem at all outside.

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