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Apr 24, 2014 7:31 AM

What sort of spider is this?

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    Apr 25, 2014 6:27 AM (in response to marktownsend)
    Re: What sort of spider is this?

    Well, it's a Steatoda but I think it's bipunctata. Very common around, and occasionally in, houses and not dangerous.

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    Apr 25, 2014 9:06 AM (in response to marktownsend)
    Re: What sort of spider is this?

    I'm with jaguarondi - Steatoda bipunctata.

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    Apr 25, 2014 12:32 PM (in response to marktownsend)
    Re: What sort of spider is this?

    I put a grand piano into storage on its side in a friend's garage in Cheltenham yesterday, and found a few of probably the same (or similar?) of what you've found Mark between some boxes and the wall at just above ground level - they didn't seem to like the light much and fairly slowly went to hide in darker places. There are supposed to be quite a number of "false widow" spiders about in the Cheltenham / Gloucestershire area. I - and no doubt my friend whose garage it is - would be very glad to have some fairly positive identification on these please. Am I right thinking this is a type that can give people a hefty bite (a bit similar to a wasp sting)? I'm not keen on some of these coming out of the piano when it's being played after storage! And I need to give my friend pointers about what she could/should do about them - presumably the NHM advice at the following link applies?

    http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/insects-spiders/false-widow/false-widow-worried/index.html

    The ones in my friend's garage are about 2-3cm across (approx. size of a 50p piece). The fibrous background in my photos is course flooring tiles on the garage floor. Spider body colour is dark-reddish:

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