Living in Torquay and all the fuss over these spiders over the last year or so I have been alot more aware of spiders, most I'm ok with but a little nervous of these.
I have a rather damp outbuilding behind my terraced house and went to look in there today and this one made an appearance....well actuslly there were a few of them, dread to think how many more maybe in there.
Is it what I think it is or like many have I got it confused with a similar spider.
This is a Lace Web spider, Amaurobius sp ., and probably Amaurobius similis.
Several species of lace web spiders are common around the outside of our homes and gardens. They make a characteristic lace-like web on fences, sheds, walls and among general clutter around the garden.
Males are prone to wander indoors when mature and looking for a mate. Bites have been reported when a spider has been trapped against the skin, but with little pain or lasting symptoms.
For less shocking and hopefully reassuring information on False Window spiders please see the following link: