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Nov 15, 2013 8:32 AM

STEATODA NOBILIS ?

This was in our bathroom this morning. First ever spider in our third floor flat, new build.

 

We reckon it's the false widow but we're not experts.

 

Thoughts?

 

Luke

 

NB that's a ten pence piece it's by, for scale.

 

And what sex is it?  And what should I do with it?

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    Nov 15, 2013 8:41 AM (in response to luke)
    Re: STEATODA NOBILIS ?

    This is a mature male Noble False Widow, Steatoda nobilis, the species principally implicated in the recent media reports. That said there is no need to panic as this is not a 'deadly' spider by any stretch of the imagination.

     

    They are known to bite and generally this is no worse than a wasp sting; however, although regularly reported the likelihood is still very low. You are still far more likely to be stung by a wasp.

     

    My rule of thumb is that I am happy with these living in my garden or on the outside if the house, any found setting up home indoors, or wandering males, are tipped outside.

     

    Could you tell me where you have seen this by forwarding a grid reference or post code to me at sjh@nhm.ac.uk as it is valuable to know where these are being found so we can get a better picture of the current UK distribution of this species.

     

    For less shocking and hopefully reassuring information on False Window spiders please see the following link:

     

    http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/insects-spiders/false-widow/index.html

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