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Tue 31st December 2013 21:03 by Peter Harvey
Re Spider in my wood pile
Thanks Evan. Yes, looking again, it is very probably going to be Segestria florentina. The inevitable problems of trying to identify from photographs! Also if the size is between 5 and 6cm rather than 5/6cm, then Segestria florentina is virtually a dead cert.
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Tue 31st December 2013 17:47 by Evan Jones
Re Spider in my wood pile.
Of course as Peter would like to identify it then careful juggling with container will secure safe capture!
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Tue 31st December 2013 17:44 by Evan Jones
Re Spider in my wood pile.
If I saw one like that I would think I had a Segestria on my hands. Possibly florentina. Would not pick it up if I was you but rather leave it be. Nice spider species Did it have shiny greenish iridescent jaws? One way to test is poke it head on repeatedly with finger.  If it bites and wont let go with large fangs piercing skin with blood and swearing then it probably is.

Appreciate you getting back to report how test went!

Evan

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Mon 30th December 2013 13:43 by Peter Harvey
Re: Spider in my wood pile
This certainly could be a Zelotes species, but you can't identify these to species without microscopical examination of an adult (and it is probably not adult at this time of year).

You are welcome to send the spider to me, inside a small plastic container with a little tissue to hang on to, inside a padded envelope, to Peter Harvey, 32 Lodge Lane, Grays, Essex RM16 2YP with details of full postcode or Ordnance Survey grid reference.

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Mon 30th December 2013 12:35 by James Lumley
Spider in my wood pile
ByTheWoodPile Copyright: James Lumley

Photo attached, I think it is a Zelotes latreillei. Postcode KT19.  Found about 7:30 pm on my porch on December 29th after taking some wood (fir/leylandi) from my wood pile also at the side of the porch. Measures around 5/6 cm, big and black.

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Thu 26th December 2013 19:20 by Peter Harvey
Looks most likely to be Steatoda bipunctata
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Thu 26th December 2013 16:44 by U Lockyer
Found in my greenhouse
Unidentified spider in greenhouse Copyright: U Lockyer Sorry it's slightly out of focus! Found today in a 2.5" flowerpot (so she's about 1cm as pictured) in my greenhouse in Hove (TQ 288067). Any ideas?

I also have a similarly-shaped spider lurking in one of the garden cupboards - she does not have the dents on her abdomen, is slightly bigger and resembles a deadly nightshade berry with legs.  I haven't been able to catch this one on camera yet . . .

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Mon 2nd December 2013 07:01 by Peter Harvey
Yes, Tegenaria (house spider) species. These cannot be identified to species without an adult under a microscope.
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Mon 2nd December 2013 00:35 by Gary Halfhide
Help please to identify ??
Would like to know if this spider is a normal house spider as I have not seen one like it before,Living room spider Copyright: Gary Halfhidepe38ra 30 adderley Peterborough
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