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Mar 21, 2010 10:04 PM

Identify a spider

Hi there,

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.

 

Thanks,

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    Mar 22, 2010 5:49 PM (in response to macrosb)
    Re: Identify a spider

    Wow!

     

    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.

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        Mar 25, 2010 10:55 AM (in response to macrosb)
        Re: Identify a spider

        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.

         

        Do you have a grid reference or a post code there for distributional records? If you do not want to post online please e-mail me at sjh@nhm.ac.uk

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