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Jan 27, 2014 12:53 PM

Is this a false widow in my shed?

I have just noticed in the corner of my shed what looks to me like a false widow but i would like it to be confirmed by someone who knows more about spiders.

 

 

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http://imageshack.com/a/img43/6084/wfo5.jpg

 

http://imageshack.com/a/img844/6849/so9h.jpg

 

 

Thankyou

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    Jan 27, 2014 1:28 PM (in response to jalzoo)
    Re: Is this a false widow in my shed?

    Hi Jalzoo,

     

    The top image is of a Steatoda bipuncta, indeed it is one of the false widow species, but not the noble false widow (S. nobilis) that grabs all the attention. S. bipuncta is also known as the rabbit hutch spider, it's much more widespread than S. nobilis and considered harmless (though our native false widow species are all docile & none are dangerous).

     

    I get them indoors every now & then and see no reason to either discourage, nor remove them...for a spider that carries the "false widow" tag, they're really rather cute/comical?

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