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
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.
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
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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