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Thu 27th July 2017 09:12 by Peter Harvey
This looks like 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, and is nowadays frequent and abundant in many areas of southern England, including the south coast, south-west, south-east, London area and East Anglia, and increasingly much further north. The media frenzy caused by this spider is unwarranted. 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. 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.
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Wed 26th July 2017 14:41 by Stephen Richardson
Spider Identification
Doesn't help that it has markings like a skull. ID please it's in my Utility room.

See picture called SpiderID I've uploaded.

SpiderIDskull Copyright: Stephen Richardson

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Sun 23rd July 2017 15:40 by Peter Harvey
Yes, this certainly appears to be Opilio canestrinii. Thanks for record details.
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Sat 22nd July 2017 18:49 by Martin Usher
Harvestman ID help
This was found on Rhododendron in a garden in East Sussex TQ875120 on 22-07-17. Having looked at many images on a number of websites I am thinking it might possibly be opilo canestrinii but really need some help with this. Hopefully the photo is adequate.

Harvestman 22-07-17 Copyright: Martin Usher

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Mon 17th July 2017 22:24 by Roger Crisp
ID help please
I am sorry this is a poor image, I will upload a better one a soon as I can. My daughter found this in her house and wanted to know what it was. Any help on ID appreciate. Thank you

Location: TM5169594006

Spider for ID Copyright: Nyssa Crisp

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Mon 3rd July 2017 19:05 by Peter Harvey
This is a Pardosa wolf spider (with an eggsac), not a jumping spider. To identify nearly all these to species level you need an adult under a microscope.
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Mon 3rd July 2017 18:02 by Paul Gymer
Saltmarsh spider
Can anyone identify this spider found in a saltmarsh near Maldon, Essex, TL846075? It looks rather like Pseudoeuophrys obsoleta, but, although, coastal, the habitat is wrong.Spider in saltmarsh Copyright: Paul Gymer
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Sat 1st July 2017 16:28 by Thomas Birkett
Thank you for identifying Nuctenea umbratica
Thank you Peter. Hugely appreciated. I shall continue to them them do their good work in catching all the annoying flying kings that plague me as I pot and water. I rarely believe the media hype hence I dug a little deeper and found this organisation. Thank you for the work you guys do. After reading up a little on these guys though apparently they are able to bite and pierce human skin. Although totally harmless I may keep my daughter and her very eager and probing fingers out of the greenhouse or at least in my arms until I can properly warn her of her actions. They do seem to be growing in numbers and I now have about 5 or 6 webs of similar style around the greenhouse. Again thank you so much for you help! If I spot anything interesting I shall post again but my total lack of knowledge myay busy be more frustrating than anything. I promise not to post anything about Tegenaria gigantea though :)
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