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448 Views 5 Replies Last post: Jun 26, 2012 3:39 PM by Jani RSS
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Jun 22, 2012 6:12 PM

What is this spider please ?

Hello, i found this spider on bath towel and i am worried it might be a black widow or false widow.   it was in a house in far west Cornwall, Senne, and the neighbour has rabbits in cages.  sorry this is rushed but i will up load the photo of part of its body now  thank you  jani    (it was the size of 20 p piece)?

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    Jun 22, 2012 7:01 PM (in response to Jani)
    Re: What is this spider please ?

    Hello there.

    It's a false widow and I think Steatoda grossa.  There is another false widow it could be, the naitive Steatoda bipunctata (The Rabbit Hutch Spider) but this one looks too dark and leggy to be one of those. Anyway nothing really to worry about and overall not a very aggressive spider. I seem to have quite a few free range ones in my house but with the aid of my cat keep the population down to acceptable levels.

    Lewis

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        Jun 26, 2012 1:30 AM (in response to Jani)
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        Overall I would say that the false widows have had a pretty bad press, when you consider the amount of people hospitalised and killed by bees and wasps the odd spider bite does not even count. That is not to say I would let myself get bitten by one . Almost all spider bites occur when a spider is pressed against the skin, ie crushed inside a palm or inside clothes. I just pick spiders up with a cone of paper or inside a glass and deposit them outside. The cat just eats them.

        Lewis

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