I live in south Belfast northern Ireland, recently noticed a bunch of spiders hanging around my back door, anyone able to tell me if I should be worried or tell me what breed they are?
Found these stunning creatures under a man hole cover today (03 Aug 16). Counted 9 spiders in total with four nests, all just smaller than a ping pong ball. Did what I could to protect the nests from the rain and replaced cover as soon as possible. Two of the ( Im assuming) females left their nests and moved into the under growth with two remaining. Hopefully the two that left will return to their nests. Thought at first maybe they were Lace web spiders, but not sure to be honest. The pictures do them no credit, the gloss shine on legs and cephalothorax was something that I have not seen before. Beautiful all the same. Any help on identification much appreciated. If better pictures are required I can hopefully manage that tomorrow as Im back there again.
Now that I know it is either Meta segmentata or M.mengei and that it is a male I have looked in the Collins Guide, Spiders of Britain and Northern Europe by Michael J. Roberts. The drawings of the metatarsus clearly indicate M.mengei.
It does say that they are "easily distinguished" in this way. Is that correct ?
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