For more information on 'false widow' spiders (by which the media actually mean the so-called 'noble false widow' Steatoda nobilis) please see the false widow page on this website, Buglife information and BAS website . Even if the spiders present in your home include Steatoda nobilis, this species has been frequent in the southern coastal counties of England for a very great many years without causing any problems and is nowadays frequent in many areas of southern England. The media frenzy caused by this spider is unwarranted. They 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. PLEASE NOTE, WE CANNOT PROVIDE ADVICE ON REMOVAL OF SPIDERS OR ANY FURTHER ADVICE THAN ALREADY AVAILABLE IN THESE LINKS.
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As far as it is possible to tell from any photograph this is Sabacon viscayanum. There are other European Sabacon species, so there cannot be any complete absolute certainty without a specimen.
Can you provide location and date details for the record, with an Ordnance Survey grid reference please.
Your picture upload is very out of focus, but looks to be Zoropsis spinimana (an assumption from a photo, there are other European Zoropsis species which look very similar). This spider has moved into the London area and Sussex in the last few years see the page on our website here
Male palps are not visible, but you can't tell whether from the photo if it is an adult female or not, so could be either juvenile, subadult or adult.
Please provide the evidence of Steatoda nobilis north of the SRS website mapped distribution. It is astonishing what house and garden spiders get misidentified as Steatoda nobilis. This is a spider of warm climates, and I fail to see why it is surprising that it is only gradually making its way north as climate change continues to impact on our fauna. Synanthropic species are still restricted by climate and temperature. If Steatoda nobilis is already in Scotland, we should all be very worried indeed - about climate impacts on our civilisation, not the spider. Perhaps the Media can make headlines about that instead of the silly misinformation about the supposed dangers of spiders and false widows.
I am surprised to see that Steatoda nobilis hasn't officially been recorded from Scotland yet - I've had several pictures from North of the wall that have come to my attention that are certainly this species.
At least one of these was supposed to be passed onto an arachnologist for confirmation, did this not come through to the SRS? (Aberdeen March 2013)
I'd be absolutely stunned if this synanthropic can't be found in most major Scottish cities - at least, with a bit of looking.
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Can anybody identify it?
okay - no idea how to upload a picture into this post. Could somebody explain how I do it please. I can see that I can upload elsewhere but to get an identification I'm told to upload it to the forum - here I am but no upload button?
Can you please provide a full postcode or Ordnance Survey grid reference and an actual date for your spiders.
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