Hi can anyone identify this spider please. It's the largest I've ever seen! Big fat body with tiger like markings. It's body was approx 1 inch diameter, inc legs 2.5 - 3 inch
It dropped down outside my window on a thread of web. I'm not normally scared of them but I'm glad it was outside and not in :-D
This looks like a Garden Spider. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/insects-spiders/identification-guides-and-keys/spider-bites/cross-spider.html
I have several large garden siders that have set up residence in my living room. Agreed, very large ones & the skinnier males can look a bit "grizzly", but in reality there are very docile, not in the slightest bit aggressive. They stick to their webs and tend to flee, or drop on a long thread & play dead, at any potential contact with humans.
I have come to see them in a whole new light & now rather like having them around.