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Sat 31st August 2013 18:16 by Peter Harvey
Re: Wasp Spider at Horsey in Norfolk
The latest distribution of Argiope based on records received by the recording scheme is shown at Argiope bruennichi, so still rather few records for Norfolk. This is one of the species for which anyone can submit records (Wasp+Spider page, and 'save your records' link), but you need to register first.
Sat 31st August 2013 18:09 by Peter Harvey
Re: Spider ID please
Without a reasonable picture of the spider and a good estimate of size I would not like to say what spider has made these webs. If the web is small, it could be a linyphiid (money spider) and the main hole visible is not a tubular retreat. However what little that can be seen of the spider itself in the second picture doesn't look much like the usual linyphiid suspects which make webs on lawns. If the web is made by an agelenid spider, with a sheet and tubular retreat, it presumably could be one of the 'house spider' Tegenaria species rather than Agelena, which is not normally found in the average (suburban) garden. If it was a Tegenaria species, then it would need an adult under a microscope to identify to species. I think I would lean towards the spider being a juvenile Tegenaria.
Wed 28th August 2013 17:49 by Tim Hodge
Wasp Spider at Horsey in Norfolk
I saw a Wasp Spider at Horsey in Norfolk yesterday and have uploaded a photo. I am struggling to navigate the website and to add more details of the record. It appears still to be very rare in Norfolk?

Thanks for any help.

Tim HodgeWasp Spider at Horsey Copyright: Tim Hodge

Wed 28th August 2013 07:46 by Linda Hinchcliffe
Spider ID please
Hi, I'm new to the forum, I have posted on wild about britain and they couldn't help so a kind gentleman there suggested I came here and especially ask for Peter Harvey. Here is what I posted on wild about britain

I was hoping someone can ID this spiders web and spider from these pics, please. we noticed them yesterday in our lawn and there are lots of them. With the dew been on them today I was able to snap one of the webs and also managed to get a fleeting glimpse of the spider. Sorry that this one isn't clear as he didn't come to the surface. I have looked it up on the internet and all I can seem to find is either the Purseweb spider or Labyrinth Spider both it seems are south of the country but I'm up in Yorkshire so just wondering if we have a similar one up here or have they migrated. thanks link link

Sun 11th August 2013 11:13 by Mark Liggett
Re: Spider Id
Thanks Peter very helpful.  Sounds like our fellow. Best of luck.
Fri 9th August 2013 08:55 by Peter Harvey
Re: Spider Id
Hi Mark, your spider looks like one of the larger house spiders Tegenaria species. These can only be identified to species by microscopical examination of adults.
Fri 9th August 2013 08:23 by Peter Harvey
Re: Adding a location entry for a Segestria Florentina
Hi Adam, thanks for uploading the picture. With green chelicerae your spiders are certainly Segestria florentina, and I think they can probably be quite long-lived. Your record has been added to the recording scheme.
Tue 6th August 2013 23:49 by Mark Liggett
Spider Id
Hi all, I've shared a shed with the following friendly fellow for several years now, although I suspect that's not the case and this is simply this year's specimen.

I'm curious as to what type it is. It lived on an old chair near the window in a warm wooden shed. It's difficult to determine the size but I expect it was around 20mm.  I've looked through the Id pictures but can't determine which it might be.

Any help would be appreciated.


Shed Friend Again Copyright: Mark Liggett

Shed Friend Copyright: Mark Liggett

Tue 6th August 2013 09:36 by B Smith
RE. Spider found in Peak District
Thanks. I wish I had a better camera with me, it was a very striking specimen.
Mon 5th August 2013 20:51 by Evan Jones
RE. Spider found in Peak District
Yep. I think (that could be a major qualification!) that it is a female and she looks gravid. Spiders do vary in size though and this species is variable in colour and pattern. Wolf spiders are a lot smaller. Probably this is a particularly fine specimen worth shooting and mounting on the wall.
Mon 5th August 2013 12:46 by B Smith
RE. Spider found in Peak District
Ah ok, I see lots of Nursery Web spiders (I used to know them as Wolf spiders) on Gorse near my home, but they are generally smaller and a sandy colour with more distinct dark brown and cream stripe markings. Also the abdonmen is no wider than the body and is elongated, rather than being much wider than the body and almond shaped.

What is the difference in what I am seeing? Are the ones I am used to seeing Males or non pregnant Female's with different colouration or is there something else?

Mon 5th August 2013 12:06 by Evan Jones
RE. Spider found in Peak District
Intimidating B Smith? The Gorse bush it is on is a lot more intimidating!. This spider is female and is called a Nursery-web Spider. The web she is on could be hers and spun to protect her live babies inside. She looks quit fat though almost as if she has not laid her eggs but if she is on her nursery web she must have done a while ago because she carries them around in a silk ball held in her jaws for a while before they hatch. Then she spins a web around her hatching spiderlings. She sits on or near the web to protect the babies inside. Perhaps though the web is not anything to do with her but has been spun by another large spider that is often found on gorse Agelena labyrinthica and she is just sunbathing on it.

The spider is called Pisaura mirabilis and is very common in the UK. Pisaura are prettily marked in very varied patterns of light and dark browns and greys.

Yes, she is quite a big spider as they go in Britain but watch out in future though because there are some bigger spiders out there! Actually she will do you no harm at all.

Watch out more for prickly gorse bushes though as they can actually hurt!

Mon 5th August 2013 11:52 by B Smith
Spider found in Peak District ID please
Hello, I came across this spider in the Peak district between Hollins Cross and Edale on the side of the footpath SK1332684636. The web and spider were sitting on top of some knee height scrub vegetation (Gorse).

I was a little taken aback by it's size and it looked very distincitve to me, not like anything I have seen before in the UK.

The picture doesn't do it justice (I only had an old mobile phone to photo it with), especially the colours, I would describe it as grey with a darker grey-brown pattern on it's abdomen which was noticably large and almond shaped. It's legs looked thick and muscular. Body length (legs excluded) it is hard to feel accurate, but at a guess 1.5-2.5cm, it was the most intidmating looking spider I've seen in the UK.

PeakDistrictGorseSpider1 Copyright: G Walton PeakDistrictGorseSpider2 Copyright: G Walton

I've looked on a couple of UK spider ID sites and have found nothing that really looks like it.

Does anyone know what it is?


Sat 3rd August 2013 09:08 by Peter Harvey
Re: found at home
The picture you have uploaded named spider is one of the house spider Tegenaria species. These can't be identified to species level without microscopical examination of adults.
Sat 3rd August 2013 08:34 by Paul Demetriades
found at home on carpet by the front door is this this common species.

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