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Jul 24, 2014 12:33 AM

is this a false widow?

Hi there I came across this when walking into my bathroom it was at very low leg height and I must of walked into its web I followed it to the bath in which i took this photo

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    Jul 24, 2014 10:17 PM (in response to Martyn241193)
    Re: is this a false widow?

    Yes this a false widow (Steatoda nobilis), looks like a juvenile as it still has quite stripey legs (they become more even coloured when mature). They're nowhere near as fearsome as they're reputation, actually quite skittish & most likely to bolt for cover when faced with a human. However, I'm not keen on them wandering about the bathroom (or bedroom) as there's more likelyhood of them being stepped on, or finding their way into towels/clothing (bites are often the result of a spider being accidentally squashed against the skin).

     

    I'd pop it outside, though I'm tolerant of females that build webs up & out of the way in other rooms, as they tend to stay put & you can see where they are then. But again, if their presence troubles you at all, pop them outside.

     

    Follow the this link for a balanced view of false widows:

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

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