I have just unpacked some bananas (from ecuador) & some Clementines (from Spain) shortly afterwards i found this spider climbing the wall. its body is about the size of a large pea (10-12mm) & from eyes to tail (12-18mm) I havent seen a spider quite like this before. It has been in a glass for a while now it has made a web (of sorts) & is just sitting suspended with a leg raised.
This looks much more likely to be a false widow (probably Steatoda nobilis - any additional photos would be good), which are well established in the S & SE UK, than an exotic foreign spider. Whilst they have been the subject of much publicity recently, there are no British spiders that are dangerous to healthy humans, so no need to panic. She may have been displaced during the recent bad weather?
She'll be fine outside, once the worst of the current wet weather is past.
They mostly go unnoticed, even where well established, so it's not too surprising that you may not have seen them before. They're not aggressive & mostly hang in their webs in the evening, often making their homes around window frames/sills, porches & conservatories. Despite seemingly having a preference for man-made habitats, they like to keep out of our way & usually flee to the nearest cover if they feel we're taking too much interest in them. I have a couple that have taken up permanent residence in my front room (I evict any found in the bedroom/bathroom)...though they mostly live outside & are able to withstand the British Winter.
Yes, looks more like S. nobilis than S. grossa, especially regarding the underside of the abdomen. 18mm? Wow, that's a whopper!
Happy New Year.
I think it had been living behind a picture frame near to where it was found, the web sounded like velcro being pulled apart when we took the frame down. its probably been there for ages.
I feel a bit guilty evicting it in this weather, ive got a wood pile for creepy crawlies i'll put it in there.
Thanks again for your help & a very happy new year year to you too.
Sorry to keep on. I have just looked up S.Nobilis here http:/nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/species-of-the-day/biodiversity/alien-species/steatoda-nobilis/biology/index.html
& the photo descibes the spider as pregnant. the spider i found is very similar in appearance does this mean that this one is pregnant if so i'm guessing that there must be a male about somewhere?
Males come & go, they are shorter lived than the females & stop feeding when mature...if he is not in the immediate vicinity he may be long gone now, or died off?