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Can you please identify this small dark brown spider? It was on my sitting room carpet, today, April 24th. The body length was about 4-5mm and it moved quite quickly. After photographing it I removed it to the garden. I live near Tonbridge, Kent.
It's a Steatoda, and I think it's S. bipunctata, a very common species found in houses and other buildings. I find them occasionally in my house.
Thanks for your expertise! It is useful to be able to label creatures correctly if I post a picture on Flickr.
I am having fun in this spring sunshine watching solitary bees emerging from my bee-posts and already others wanting the vacated tunnels! It's great to be a retired oldie with time for these things!