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Welcome to our general Forum page.  Please feel free to post a comment on any issue or topic area. If you upload a picture, it will be available for you to insert here with your post. IF YOU WANT HELP WITH IDENTIFICATION, PLEASE PROVIDE A FULL POSTCODE OR GRID REFERENCE AND DATE of the record in your post so that it can be added to the recording scheme. You will need to register and be logged-on to post to the forum. Find out more

Thu 30th October 2014 14:42 by Peter Harvey
Re: Unknown spider Jersey Marine, Swansea
The lighting of the spider in the photo does not allow a clear view of the pattern, but your spider is an orb web species that must be Araneus quadratus (see summary page), the "4-spot orbweaver"
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Thu 30th October 2014 11:29 by Elaine More
Spider training course
I work for Northumberland Wildlife Trust and this year we successfully ran a couple of introduction to invertebrate courses in partnership with Buglife. Course participants were keen for us to develop more specialist training courses. Is there anyone out there that would be willing to run a couple of 1 day introductory courses on spiders and/or harvestman in Northumberland in 2015? Day rate, travel and accommodation for trainer would be covered by charging course participants a fee.

Please email elaine.more@northwt.org.uk if interested. Many thanks

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Tue 28th October 2014 10:41 by Karen Workman
Unknown spider Jersey Marine, Swansea
Hi - I came across this spider whilst out walking by Tennant Canal, Jersey Marine, Swansea (SS7098993781) on Sunday 26 Oct.  I've not seen anything like it before and wondered if anyone could identify it.  It was about the size of a 10p piece. Unknown Spider Jersey Marine Copyright: Karen Workman
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Thu 23rd October 2014 14:19 by Peter Harvey
Much better, thanks. Yes, a Tegenaria species, but can't tell which species without microscopical examination of adults
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Thu 23rd October 2014 13:59 by James Sampson
Looks like I exported too small, I've re-uploaded with a higher res image.  Thanks again.
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Thu 23rd October 2014 13:52 by Peter Harvey
The picture upload compresses to full text window size (see e.g. picture/s/PotentialFalseWidow2), so not sure what is happening there.
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Thu 23rd October 2014 13:37 by James Sampson
Thanks Peter, I can upload high res, but the site compresses them down to this size.
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Thu 23rd October 2014 13:11 by Peter Harvey
Looks like one of the house spider Tegenaria species, but photo file size rather small. These can't be identified to species without microscopical examination of adults anyway.
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Thu 23rd October 2014 12:39 by James Sampson
Tegenaria - species unknown Copyright: James Sampson One more for the day. As I get better at identifying, i won't pester the board with lots of possibly common house spiders. Inside house (tn49ns, oct 23 2014) , under shoes near back door.
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Thu 23rd October 2014 12:07 by Peter Harvey
Yes, your second spider is Araneus diadematus, the garden spider, completely harmless to humans. Garden spiders mature in late summer, when they become much more obvious in gardens and the wider countryside, sometimes with very large webs. They are also extremely variable in colour and depth of pattern.

Yoiu can submit records of a small number of easily recognisable species using our Species surveys page, but for other spiders (if identifiable from a photograph) can be posted here or id requested using the contact us page.

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Thu 23rd October 2014 12:00 by James Sampson
Thank you for the identification, I've edited the post with a secondary shot.  I've also attempted to identify this other spider as a European Garden Spider using your records feature on this website, full details provided in recording Garden Spider On the Wall Copyright: James Sampson tn49ns, oct 22nd 2014

I'd like to record more sightings in the future, should I post to the forum first for identification or just use the records feature with my best guess?

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Thu 23rd October 2014 11:02 by Peter Harvey
Yes, this is Steatoda nobilis, possibly an adult male, but difficult to know #from the photograph. Please see previous forum reply post about this spider for information.
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Thu 23rd October 2014 10:12 by James Sampson
Is this a Steatoda nobilis?
October 22nd 2014, tn4 9ns in the nooks and crannies around our backdoor. possible Steatoda Copyright: James Sampson possibly the same spider, after 1/2 hour made it's way inside from back door on the tile floor Steatoda nobilis on tile floor Copyright: James Sampson
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Tue 21st October 2014 15:36 by Peter Harvey
Your spider looks like Steatoda nobilis, the so-called noble false widow spider, which the media make all the unjustified fuss about. Britain has no dangerous spiders. For authorative information on the toxicity of spiders Worldwide see Ed Nieuwenhuys's link on the demystification of the toxicity of spiders link. You will note that Steatoda spiders of any species are not even mentioned, except as confusion species for Latrodectus black widow spiders, which do not occur in Britain.

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 and BAS website link. 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.

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Tue 21st October 2014 12:55 by Patricia Brenchley
Conservatory visitor
Can you identify the species please? Additional data supplied.
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Wed 8th October 2014 16:52 by Rebecca Ballantyne
Wasp spider
Seen 2 in the last 24 hours. Taken photos if both. Both were close to the same laurel bushes and under growth. Completed the form and submitted 1 if the 2 photos x
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Wed 8th October 2014 12:44 by Peter Harvey
Re: Wasp Spider Sightings
As the Spider Recording Scheme, we are interested in reliable records of all spiders, including wasp spiders, since that is what we are here to do!

If you can provide details of your records, including a full postcode or Ordnance Survey grid reference and date of the record, and preferably also photograph of your spiders, then you can either post this here or submit the records directly for this species through our species survey page at Wasp Spider (save your record link)

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Wed 8th October 2014 10:12 by Rebecca Ballantyne
Wasp Spider Sightings.
HI, all very new to this and directed to this site by Natural History Museum. I have seen 2 Wasp spiders in 24 hours in the same area outside my house. I understand "someone" is trying to track these as they are becoming more prevalent due to our milder climates. Any advice would be gratefully received.
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Wed 1st October 2014 17:43 by Evan Jones
PollyThompson, think MOSQUITO!
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