I was gardening and along the fence we have lots of Overgrown Ivy and an overhanging Conifer from next door .Whilst cutting the Ivy a spider came out.I have never seen anything like it . Ive been looking on Google to identify it and it looks to be a False black widow .It was dark and very shiny with a big round body .I was wondering if there were any reports in the north east of England regards this spider.
The spider went through the fencing next door ( thanks god lol) so I couldnt catch it . Like I said I have never seen anything like it before .
Hello there. The larger false widows tend to have a rounded pea like body. Segestria Florentina also known as 'Did you see the size of that!' and 'That thing went for me!' is quite shiny black on its front half and matt black/dark grey on it's ovoid abdomen also the leg spread of a false widow rarely excedes 25mm whereas the much larger Segestria can excede 40mm.
I did not see the abdomen of it just it had a really shinybig fat body nothing like any spider that ive seen before .
There is very chance that it was Steatoda grossa, one of six species of False Widow spiders found in the UK. This species did have southern distribution but the big warm up (climate change) has facilitated its spread as far as Manchester at least - so prob the north east too.
It looks like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leoleson/4121500716/
That said a common species in gardens and fence panels is Nuctenea umbratica, looking like this: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/insects-spiders/bug-forum/?q=node/186
Segestria florentinais not currently known from that far north.