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Nov 28, 2013 11:47 PM

Can you help me identify this spider and offer any advice?

Hello,

 

I found this spider inside a computer in Basildon today.  My first impression was that it might be a false widow as they've been in the news a lot recently.  There was a smaller dead one inside the computer too and quite a lot of web.  I did call the NHM identification number and spoke to a helpful chap to suggested emailing a photo in or even sending the specimen itself, but I misplaced the email address so figured I'd ask on this forum.

 

I do still have the spider as some of the office staff were planning on killing it and didn't think that was necessary.  It hasn't bitten anyone, and I don't even know that it would cause much harm even if it did.  To me, it's just a cool looking spider.

 

If anyone is able to confirm what it is, I'm happy to release it back into the wild (although not in my house if I can avoid it!) so it can do what spiders like to do best.

 

The body is maybe 10-12 mm in length.  I've included a photo and video to help you out.

 

Thanks,

 

J

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