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Fri 30th December 2016 14:49 by Regina Barrs
Thank you
Hi Peter, thank you for the information I can up the mind form my co-workers at rest....😂😂
Fri 30th December 2016 08:46 by Peter Harvey
Your spider 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, including the London and Essex area.

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.

You can see more information at False Widow Spiders and the summary page.

Fri 30th December 2016 00:25 by Regina Barrs
Beccies spider find Copyright: Regina Barrs

Hi, found this spider at work, just wondered if it is a danger Someone told me it is a false widow spider and if bitten by it it can be very painful Thank you

Found RM12 4YS Essex 22 Sunrise Avenue 29.12.2016 at aboeut 11.50am indoors

Fri 30th December 2016 00:24 by Regina Barrs
Beccies find 2 Copyright: Regina Barrs
Fri 30th December 2016 00:23 by Regina Barrs
Identify this spider please
Hi, found this spider at work, just wondered if it is a danger Someone told me it is a false widow spider and if bitten by it it can be very painful Thank you
Fri 23rd December 2016 16:38 by Peter Harvey
It is never going to be safe to record a juvenile Drassyllus to species level, in common with many other spider taxa where microscopical examination of the adult epigyne or male palp are required.
Wed 21st December 2016 18:50 by Tim Hodge
Drassyllus species
Drassyllus sp Copyright: Tim Hodge

I collected this immature female Drassyllus species from a grass litter pile at Roman Wood, Norfolk (TG407105) on 20/12/2016. The tarsi and metatarsi are strikingly pale but the epigyne is not fully developed so I can't double check which species it is. I suspect that it's Drassyllus pusillus as I can't find images of other species that show such marked leg coloration. Is it safe to record it as Drassyllus pusillus, or should it go down as Drassyllus sp?

Sat 17th December 2016 15:38 by Peter Harvey
Yes please, certainly as a Meta species. Habitat also supports this.
Sat 17th December 2016 15:32 by Chris Walford
20161217-015705-1828 Meta
Thanks for that; she was found in the hollow of a long-undisturbed roll of vinyl flooring stored outside, damp and completely shady, so the habitat sounds consistent.

Should I edit the photo captions to suggest Meta manardi?

Sat 17th December 2016 09:16 by Peter Harvey
This is not a Steatoda species. It appears most likely to be one of the cave spiders Meta species, probably Meta menardi.
Sat 17th December 2016 01:57 by Chris Walford
Steatoda spp : which one? (1 of 7 photos)
This specimen was photographed on 30 August 2016 at EX36 4JJ ~ Alswear, South Molton, North Devon. We think it's Steatoda nobilis, but not very confidently.

Credit / copyright is mine: Chris Walford


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