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Sun 14th April 2019 18:52 by Nick Baldwin
Re: Possible Nigma walckenaeri
Many thanks Peter
Sun 14th April 2019 17:46 by Peter Harvey
Re: Possible Nigma walckenaeri
Yes, this is Nigma walckenaeri. It is likely to be an old female which has over-wintered rather than a 2019 generation, as you can see very occasionally does happen on the Nigma+walckenaeri summary page. It is a species which matures in late summer and autumn.
Sun 14th April 2019 13:44 by Nick Baldwin
Possible Nigma walckenaeri
I have been advised that this is a Nigma walckenaeri Possible Nigma walckenaeri Copyright: Nick Baldwin

This was seen in my Wokingham garden Date 12/04/2019 OS grid ref SU78686761 iRecord reference #9796940

After I added on iRecord I was advised by the automatic record cleaner that this was out of known range and out of season.

From all accounts April is very early for this species however the map distribution info on this site advises that East Berkshire and Thames Valley are known locations.

Any thoughts appreciated

Sun 14th April 2019 10:36 by Peter Harvey
Re: Jumping Spider
This is Salticus scenicus, the zebra spider. It is probably not yet adult.
Sun 14th April 2019 10:35 by Peter Harvey
Re: Large House Spider
Yes, this is one of the large house spiders. These cannot be identified to species without microscopical examination of adults, and even then separation can be very difficult.
Fri 12th April 2019 23:27 by Andrew Tompkinson
Jumping Spider
Can you confirm the species of the spider shown. I found it on my garage wall enjoying the evening sun. I think it may be Salticus cingulatus but I'm not an expert.

Jumping Spider Salticus scenicus Copyright: Andrew Tompkinson

Fri 12th April 2019 14:56 by Jacqueline Selby Brooks
Large House Spider
I found this spider lurking in my Compost Bin yesterday, 11th April, 2019.  When I removed the lid I found a huge web covering the compost, not the usual neat spun web, it resembled a fine mesh, like cheesecloth, with a large hole in the middle that a broom handle would fit it.  (First thought: Funnel Web, but wrong side of the world.!) I didn't see the spider until I started to remove the web with a stick, it scurried up into a large scoop stuck in the compost.  I lifted it out carefully, set it on my garbage bin and dashed in for my camera.  When I came out it had disappeared, but it had moved out of the scoop and was hiding underneath it.  So I got my photo.  I sent a copy to Martin Bailey of for an ID, and he sent me this reply: It’s one of the “Large House Spiders” – either Eratigena duellica or Eratigena saeva (the two can hybridise too and are difficult to separate even microscopically).

I have never seen a spider like this one before, it has very pretty markings.  I live in the rural hamlet of Little Barugh, North Yorkshire.Large House Spider Copyright: Jacqueline Selby Brooks

Mon 1st April 2019 09:25 by Rob Phelps
Help identifying this spider

We have a lot of these spiders around here, this one was found by my computer this morning. They are mainly hanging around in the garage. It has a white/yellowish band around the base of it's body and some white on the top also, brownish legs.

See pictures:

Cheers, Rob


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