I have found this spider living in my back garden in the west midlands. I was a bit alarmed as it has a fair bit or red on it and I understand that in the insect world red is a warning!
So I thought I would have a look around and cannot see for sure what it is so thought I would ask the experts.
So what do you think? Its about 5-0 mm in size and is under its own web (its made a sort of tunnel!) Its on some clear plastic sheeting so I put some white paper behind it so it shows up.
Fingers crossed its not a dangerous one!
I've deleted my previous message after a rethink. As the web in the photo looks like a typical theridiid web I think it's best not to speculate.
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Ok more news to add. I didnt realise until my wife showed me we have around 20 of these on the clear plastic sheet. They have their own mini webs about 4 -5 inches apart and have similar markings however all slightly differant colours! Most are a light brown colour ans some are bigger than others. All of them have made a "tunnel" type web about the size of a finger nail.
My wife is geeting nervous now and wants to make sure the dont "bite" please help as I would rather this didnt happen!
I deleted my previous message because, although they don't look an adult Steatoda of any sort, I don't know what these look like as juveniles. From your description and photo they don't seem to have orb webs and so a theridiid (which includes Steatodas) is a possibilty. Unless someone else on the forum can come up with the answer can you get a photo of a largish one with it's legs more stretched out and showing its head/thorax area.
Don't worry unduly. Spiders very rarely bite - only if you disturb / annoy them.
It's a Zygiella species, possibly Z.atrica or even Z. x-notata despite the red as they can vary greatly, if you look at it's web (there will be one!) there should be a missing segment where it's trigger line goes to it's hiding place (hence the name 'missing sector orb weaver. Extremely common, native and nothing to worry about.
Thanks for your comments and judging by the pictures I can see on the net after your id it seems very probable. We have lots of thm and thay had gotten bigger over the weeks. Mom or Dad is now out and is a lot bigger and only comes out at night. It looks very blcak in torch light with ligthtr patches around its legs!
I thought it may have been a walnut orb weaver as it has very flat back! Of cousre this may not be Mom or Dad and only a presumtion.I have some photos however they arnt good as i cannot capture proper colours etc as only out a night and the flash does not do it justice!