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Fri 31st January 2014 14:05 by Peter Harvey
Re: Clubonia sp, Horsey TG4523
Basically the answer is no for a completely RELIABLE id. Clubiona are a large genus of closely similar spiders in general appearance. Yours is very probably Clubiona comta, which has a similar pattern of pale bar markings on the abdomen, but much smaller (as an adult), than C. corticalis. However yours is juvenile and will mature late spring/early summer, and until then, when examination of the adult epigyne or palp will confirm the species, this is just a probable identification.
Fri 31st January 2014 12:32 by Tim Hodge
Clubonia sp, Horsey TG4523
I'd be grateful to learn if this is a clubonia sp, and is it identifiable to species? In my garden on 30/01/2014. Thanks, Tim Hodge

Clubonia sp Copyright: Tim Hodge Clubonia sp picture 2 Copyright: Tim Hodge

Wed 8th January 2014 21:15 by Peter Harvey
Impossible to see, but probably female, may or may not be adult.
Wed 8th January 2014 20:03 by Ben Scott
thanks for the info and advice, do you know its sex, I have named him/her Andrew
Wed 8th January 2014 19:24 by Peter Harvey
Re: Gareths observation on the 6th January
I wouldn't like to say, you can't see enough of the abdomen top surface to see what pattern is present. It could be Steatoda bipunctata.
Wed 8th January 2014 12:55 by Matt Prince
Gareths observation on the 6th January.
That looks like another steatoda nobilis false widow - feeding on a house spider? Tegeneria sp.

What do you think Peter?

Steatoda are very capable predators and I've heard that they can take tegeneria (a common prey item for daddy long legs spider - pholcus phalangoides). Woodlice seems to be the more usual steatoda diet in areas where I've observed a web for any length of time, with the odd beetle (including rove beetles large enough to be considered a serious threat to the spider).

Regards, Matt Prince

Tue 7th January 2014 22:12 by Peter Harvey
Thanks for location. This looks like Steatoda nobilis, the so called 'noble false widow' It is the one which gets into the news, but you can get sensible information at look at false widow spiders, link and link.

It is widespread and frequent in your area, and has been for a great many years, so should be thought of in the same way as social wasps and honey bees.

Tue 7th January 2014 20:39 by Ben Scott
oops sorry, I put the postcode on the photo ,fogot to write it in the post. it is BH217RR ferndown dorset
Tue 7th January 2014 20:20 by Peter Harvey
Please provide a full postcode or Ordnance Survey grid reference for your query.
Tue 7th January 2014 19:50 by Ben Scott
false widow living in work toilet?
help with id Copyright: Ben Scott hi guys hope i have uploaded photo, could you please tell me what spider this is and any info / advice would be great, thanks scotty
Mon 6th January 2014 17:54 by Gareth King
Unknown Spider Eating Another Spider
My dad spotted this in his shed earlier today and asked me if I could find out anything online. I think it could be a false widow but I'm not sure. The image shows the smaller spider eating the much larger spider. Can anyone help. Thanks Unknown Spider Eating Another Spider Copyright: Gareth King
Fri 3rd January 2014 08:21 by Peter Harvey
I wouldn't like to say without being able to examine much more closely. It would be very late for a male.
Thu 2nd January 2014 22:45 by Martin Cooper
Re: Opilio canestrinii for confirmation please
Thanks Peter. Am I right in thinking this is a male specimen?
Thu 2nd January 2014 22:20 by Peter Harvey
Re: Opilio canestrinii for confirmation please
Yes, definitely Opilio canestrini. Thanks for record details
Thu 2nd January 2014 20:08 by Martin Cooper
Opilio canestrinii for confirmation please
Opilio canestrinii (side) Suffolk 10 Dec 2013 Copyright: Martin Cooper

Opilio canestrinii (side close-up) Suffolk 10 Dec 2013 Copyright: Martin Cooper

Opilio canestrinii (top) Suffolk 10 Dec 2013 Copyright: Martin Cooper

Opilio canestrinii (top close-up) Suffolk 10 Dec 2013 Copyright: Martin Cooper

I think this is an Opilio canestrinii. It was photographed on the wall of my house in Ipswich at TM166450 on 10 Dec 2013. If it is indeed an Opilio canestrinii please add the record to the scheme. If not, what is it? Can you tell the sex of the specimen from these photos?

Are there many records of this species for Suffolk?

Best wishes, Martin

Wed 1st January 2014 14:54 by Peter Harvey
Wed 1st January 2014 14:48 by Evan Jones
Re Spider in my wood pile.
Hi Peter,

Yep size info was ambiguous. I clocked this one as I have been looking at these a lot recently and also HAD ONE CLAMPED ON THE END OF MY FINGER FOR A SECOND OR TWO!



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