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Thu 26th June 2014 17:55 by Peter Harvey
Re: Unknown small spider
Cercidia prominens, I don't think so. Compare to the photos of this spider on the Summary page. This is not Cercidia. Wrong habitat as well.
Thu 26th June 2014 14:48 by Andy Phillips
Re: Unknown small spider
Looks like Cercidia prominens to me. The front of the abdomen of Cercidia prominens is pointed and overhangs the cephalothorax as shown in the first of your images. The species is very reddish with a pale yellowish stripe on the abdomen. Not a species easy to find although it seems to be most 'regular' in my area on the West Sussex heaths and at Ashdown Forest.
Tue 24th June 2014 09:44 by Natasha Brinkley
Thanks Peter for the confirmation,she's still somewhere in my shed and thinking about boxing off a corner for her so she can't get hurt by us lot lol,she's re-ignited my interest in spiders and cannot believe the media hype on these beautiful spiders. Thanks again, take care all x
Tue 24th June 2014 08:39 by Peter Harvey
Yes,this looks like Steatoda nobilis, the so-called 'noble false widow'. There are a number of 'false widows' in Britain, some which are native or have been in the country for centuries, so there is a lot of misinformation about these spiders.  Steatoda nobilis is the spider which the media make such an unjustified fuss about. It has been frequent in the southern coastal counties of England for a very great many years, without causing any problems. It is nowadays frequent in many areas of southern England. The media frenzy caused by this spider is unwarranted and almost certainly all of the horror stories and pictures of injuries shown in the rags are not caused by any spider at all. These spiders are unobtrusive, have no interest in attacking humans and would only bite if they were put into a position where they do so as a defensive reaction. Honey bees and social wasps pose a far greater risk.
Mon 23rd June 2014 23:47 by Natasha Brinkley
Hi all i was hoping for a possible id on this little beauty. I moved my shed.from of my garden to the bottom yesterday,and after looking in there today I found this lovely spider just sitting there. I have taken few photos with my phone,but went to get my camera to get a better picture and she (i presume female) had gone. I live in Ipswich,Suffolk,IP3 0HW I have been told that this may be a Noble False Widow,but dont know if this is true? Either way,i cant wait to see her again,she is beautiful. Many thanks
Mon 23rd June 2014 22:24 by Peter Harvey
We seem to have Trogloneta granulum from South Wales as well, collected by Simon Warmingham on 23 March 2012 under woodland stones, which is in some material I was recently sent for id, and is how Richard has realised his spider is the same, but both these await confirmation by Peter Merrett. If confirmed this will be a new family to Britain.
Mon 23rd June 2014 18:32 by Evan Jones
Trogloneta granulum!
Hey Richard that is not fair. It is not even on the British list! At least not the one I have! Great find.
Sat 21st June 2014 19:16 by Peter Harvey
Thanks Martin. Looks like an adult male. I don't see this nice spider often nowadays.
Sat 21st June 2014 14:09 by Martin Cooper
Scytodes thoracica
Please add to recording scheme. Observed 16/17 June 2014 indoors (in the bath) upstairs in my house, and every night up to and including last night (20 June). OS grid ref: TM166450 This species has been appearing in the bath every year since 2012.

Spitting Spider (Scytodes thoracica) June-2014 I Copyright: Martin Cooper Spitting Spider (Scytodes thoracica) June-2014 II Copyright: Martin Cooper Spitting Spider (Scytodes thoracica) June-2014 III Copyright: Martin Cooper Spitting Spider (Scytodes thoracica) June-2014 IV Copyright: Martin Cooper

Best wishes,


Thu 19th June 2014 14:08 by Peter Harvey
Re: Unknown small spider
It's possibly Hypsosinga (not sanguinea), although I think it is more likely to be a juvenile Araniella species, which are often reddish and very variable in pattern and colourr, superficially at least it looks more like Hypsosinga heri, not recorded in Britain since 1912! If the specimen doesn't exist or another one can't be found and identified under a microscope, we will never know! The habitat might make it possible........... Please go and find some more.
Thu 19th June 2014 11:58 by Allan Neilson
Unknown small spider
I found this small, brightly-coloured, spider beside a footpath running alongside the River Wey on the RSPB reserve at Radipole Lake, Weymouth, on 28-May.  The abdomen was no more than 5mm long and someone has suggested that it might be Hypsosinga sanguinea.  Can anyone confirm this please?

Thu 19th June 2014 09:05 by Peter Harvey
Re: Nursery web spider with egg case?
Yes, this is a 'nursery web spider' Pisaura mirabilis. Can you please provide a full postcode or Ordnance Survey grid reference and date of the record so that your record can be added to the recording scheme.
Wed 18th June 2014 20:24 by Helen Pollock
Nursery web spider with egg case?
Hello there,

I took this pic today 18.06.14. Can you help me identify it?

Best wishes

Helen Nursery Web Spider plus egg case Copyright: Helen Pollock


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