I found this spider in my greenhouse in West Cornwall. Not sure if it is alive or dead as it didn't move. I would be interested to know what it is. Can anyone identify it please? Two pictures are attached. Thanks.
This is a 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 of the house, any found setting up home indoors, or wandering males, are tipped outside.
For less shocking and hopefully reassuring information on False Window spiders please see the following links: