I was unpacking a box in my garage today, pulled a piece of bubble wrap and saw this spider. Initially (strangely) I thought it was small bumble bee, but obviously on closer inspection a rather nice spider. I've had a really good look on the web and could only really guess that its a common house spider with an unusual colour, but I would love to know what it is.
What a great spider to find in your garage – I am very jealous.
Not a ‘common’ House spider (Tegenaria sp.) but a scarce Raft spider Dolomedes sp. There are two UK species Dolomedes fimbriatus (the commoner) and Dolomedes plantarius (less common and a Biodiversity Action plan species). I am not able to differentiate between the two species from an image and I am not sure that anyone can. Where in the UK did is your rather special garage?
I could witter on about these gorgeous spiders but all you need to know can be found on this dedicated website: http://www.dolomedes.org.uk/
Thanks for posting these fabulous images on our forum – it has made my day.
My garage is in a very nice little place called Verwood in Dorset and my garden backs on to a small stream/river with a natural pond about 20 feet further away than that.
I will add that the box that I took him out off had arrived from Pet Supermarket (which is based in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear i believe), but this had been lying open for 3 days in my garage and he was hiding in some bubble wrap lying on the top.
I must admit I found a large amount of young spiderlings in my front garden last year which I distinctly remember them having yellow on them at the time, so I wonder if the two are connected?
Thanks for the quick reply and directing me to that great website, just wish I'd taken more pictures now!
P.S Thank God my fiance didn't get to it first as she would have had a heart attack!
OK, Dorset and a pond - that will almost certainly make this a local spider and Dolomedes fimbriatus. I believe that these overwinter as sub-adults in a protected place (garages are nice and snug in winter), I have had a report before from a garage. Have a look in the pond over the coming weeks and see if you can spot any more.
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