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Thu 29th September 2016 13:32 by Peter Harvey
Re: Linyphia hortensis identification please
You need to upload the photo, it will then be available to insert into your post. Also can you provide the date please. It will probably not be possible to absolutely certain of the species, since most linyphiid spiders and the ones in the Linyphia / Neriene area require microscopical examination of adults.
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Wed 28th September 2016 12:23 by Charles Otway
Linyphia hortensis identification please
Could you please identify this spider for me? I think it is a Linyphia hortensis but would like confermation. My postcode is SP10 3PD In Hampshire
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Sun 25th September 2016 15:02 by Peter Harvey
Re: False Widow Spider? Leicester
Yes, this is Steatoda nobilis, the so-called 'noble false widow', the spider which the media make such an unjustified fuss about. It has been frequent in the southern coastal counties of England for a great many years, without causing any problems. It is nowadays frequent and abundant in many areas of southern England. You can see current distribution at the summary page for the spider. The media frenzy caused by this spider is unwarranted. There are a number of other '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 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.

Thanks for the details.

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Sun 25th September 2016 14:02 by Michael Pennington
False Widow Spider? Leicester
Found what we think is a False Widow spider in my daughter's shoe.  It had spun a web inside the shoe and a foamy sack was stuck to the web (eggs?).  The spider was approximately 3cm in diameter.  I shook it out of the shoe and took a photo - then my wife became afraid it might harm us and so drowned it. Date spider found: 25.09.2016 Location: grid ref: SK57350351 Leicester identification of spider Copyright: Michael Pennington
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Wed 21st September 2016 21:09 by Jennifer Sewell
What is this?? Hanging outside my window!
Unsure of name Copyright: Jennifer Sewell Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear
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Wed 21st September 2016 08:36 by Peter Harvey
re: What kind of spider is this
Image is too low resolution and dark to be sure of much, but probably the orb web spider Nuctenea umbratica, a species with a slightly flattened body which hides under bark and in crevices. It is commonly found on walls and fences in gardens and is harmless to humans.
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Wed 21st September 2016 03:23 by Joanne Gibson
What kind of spider is this
Photo spider new Copyright: Joanne Gibson can someone please tell me what kind of spider this is thanks
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Mon 19th September 2016 22:18 by Peter Harvey
Re: Possible False Widow?
Yes, Steatoda nobilis. See post below about the spider.
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Mon 19th September 2016 22:09 by Sally Fisk
Possible False Widow?
I would appreciate help with identification of this spider, which was found in our back garden recently- Shepperton TW17 8EY

Shepperton back garden 2016 Copyright: Sally Fisk

Thanks very much

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Fri 16th September 2016 13:11 by Peter Harvey
Re: Possible Steatoda nobilis in Guildford
Yes, although any markings on the top surface of the abdomen can't be clearly seen it looks most likely from the photo to be Steatoda nobilis, the so-called 'noble false widow', the spider which the media make such an unjustified fuss about. It has been frequent in the southern coastal counties of England for a great many years, without causing any problems. It is nowadays frequent and abundant in many areas of southern England. The media frenzy caused by this spider is unwarranted. There are a number of other '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 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.
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Fri 16th September 2016 12:57 by Mark Allen
Possible Steatoda nobilis in Guildford
Possible Steatoda nobilis in Guildford Copyright: Mark Allen

Does anyone know if this is a Steatoda nobilis?  Found outside house in Guildford, Surrey GU1 1TD.

Thanks

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Sun 4th September 2016 09:30 by Peter Harvey
Re: Please can anyone help with identification
This will not be Hygrolycosa rubrofasciata, a rare spider of fens and wetlands that is extraordinarily unlikely to be found in a garden. You need to show a photograph of the upperside of the whole spider.

Most lycosid spiders need microscopical examination of adults for reliable species id.

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Sat 3rd September 2016 20:42 by Ben Dobson
Please can anyone help with identification
Hello all, This was found in my garden in cambridge (cb58sd) , sometime this summer. My best guess is Hygrolycosa rubrofasciata, but I have very little knowlegde. It was at least 6mm, perhaps 8mm. If you need more info ask, I will try my best.

Possible wolf spider please help with id Copyright: Ben Dobson

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