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Jul 25, 2014 12:43 PM

False Widow??

Hi,

 

Can you let me know what species of spider this is, I have had 5 of them in my house in the last week, all different sizes. Not good in a houseful of Arachnophobiacs!!!!

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Many thanks for any help..

 

JCE

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    Jul 28, 2014 11:07 AM (in response to JCE)
    Re: False Widow??

    This is the Noble False Widow, Steatoda nobilis, and probably a subadult male example. The is the species principally implicated in last years 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 bee or wasp.

    My rule of thumb is that I am happy with these living in my garden or on the outside if 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 link: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/insects-spiders/false-widow/index.html

     

    Could you tell me where you have seen this by forwarding a grid reference or post code to me at sjh@nhm.ac.uk as it is valuable to know where these are being found so we can get a better picture of the current UK distribution of this species.

     

    All the best,

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