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Wed 28th August 2019 12:18 by Peter Harvey
Re: Possible Steatoda nobilis sighting
Yes this looks like Steatoda nobilis. Generally these probably have a life cycle of one year, with eggs hatching to adult happening in one year, but this is certainly one of the spiders which can live for several years in some cases.

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Tue 27th August 2019 22:23 by Louise Roberts
Re: Spider identification
Thanks Peter Harvey for the ID and reply. Interesting that their jaws can’t break human skin. I’m pretty sure this spider was the biter.  My son said something was biting him, I looked and saw this spider was on his arm at the very spot a red bite mark came up a minute later! So it’s a missing sector spider? We did some googling and found webs that looked similar to missing sector spider’s on the outside of his bedroom window.
Tue 27th August 2019 17:14 by Lesley Silverman-Evans
Possible Steatoda nobilis sighting
Hi all! I can’t work out how to attach a photo to a post, so I’m pasting in the link to the photo I uploaded. I believe we have a male Steatoda nobilis who has taken up residence in our bedroom light. We’re more than happy to have him there. I wouldn’t mind if someone could confirm this and if anyone can tell me what his approximate lifespan is? I’ve grown quite fond of him. link
Tue 27th August 2019 16:51 by Peter Harvey
Re: Spider ID
I am afraid the photo is much too dark and does not show the upper surface of the spider, so it isn't possible to identify the spider.
Tue 27th August 2019 16:50 by Peter Harvey
Re: Spider identification
This is Zygiella x-notata, a common orb web spider of buildings, walls, fences, gardens etc, completely harmless to humans. It will not be responsible for any bites, its jaws are incapable of piercing human skin.
Tue 27th August 2019 16:48 by Peter Harvey
Re: Unsure about this Running Crab Spider (Philodromus)
This will be a Philodromus in the 'aureolus group'. With practically no exception these cannot be identified to species without microscopical examination of an adult. This is the one exception in the sense that it will almost certainly be Philodromus cespitum, where one of the colour varieties of what is an extremely variable spider has an overall pale top surface to the abdomen.
Tue 27th August 2019 10:15 by Chris Emblem-English
Wasp Spider
Thank you for spider life-span info. Chris
Tue 27th August 2019 10:15 by Kelly Marshall
Spider ID
Hi, just after an ID for this wee lady in my bathroom!

Bathroom Spider Pirbright Copyright: Kelly Marshall

Tue 27th August 2019 08:24 by Louise Roberts
Spider identification
PhotofromLouise Copyright: Louise RobertsHello, I’m wondering if you can tell me what this spider is please. It bit my son this morning. (He was just lying in bed chatting to me when it bit him!) Many thanks Louise
Mon 26th August 2019 20:27 by Michelle Smart
Unsure about this Running Crab Spider (Philodromus)
Hi - first time post so please forgive any mistakes!

I saw this spider in the allotment this morning, only had my phone with me so picture not great. Thanks to the @BritishSpiders twitter feed I now know it is one of the Philodromus - Running Crab Spider - family but what is puzzling me is the distinctly yellow back which doesn't match any of the photos on the site.

Thoughts please? link

Location - Tadcaster, UK

Many thanks Michelle

Fri 23rd August 2019 09:38 by Peter Harvey
Most British spiders have a life cycle of one year, with eggs hatching to adult happening in one year. In some species it may be altered to some extent by climate and how well fed they have been, and some of the larger orb web spiders such as the garden spider Araneus diadematus are thought to sometimes extend to a two year cycle. A few species such as Atypus affinis the purse web spider are much longer lived and the Tegenaria/Eratigena house spiders can almost certainly live for several years.
Thu 22nd August 2019 18:01 by Chris Emblem-English
Wasp spider
Hello, I found a female wasp spider in its web in a newly created wildflower meadow area in a local recreation park. It was only prepared and sown last autumn so this is its first summer of growth - already crickets and grasshoppers have moved in. I've not been aware of wasp spiders in the locality before, they possible already exist in adjacent allotment sites. Whether it will produce eggs remains to be seen, but I am wondering what the lifespan of this species is - do they grow from spiderling to fully-grown over the course of one spring and summer? Thank you.


Tue 20th August 2019 19:44 by Kieran Anderson
Thank you for the confirmation Peter.
Sun 18th August 2019 17:33 by Peter Harvey
Yes, this is Araneus diadematus.
Sat 17th August 2019 19:51 by Kieran Anderson

First time poster, so please forgive any errors or mistakes.

I suspect this is Araneus diadematus and wanted to double check before considering submitting it as a record. Am hoping it’s possible from the photo. Apologies for the low quality photo.

Date, 17/08/19 Location SZ664992, urban gardens, sighted about 1PM, about 1cm across. Southsea Spider Copyright: Kieran Anderson

Thanks for your help.

Fri 16th August 2019 14:10 by Peter Harvey
Re: Unknown house spider species
This is a garden spider Araneus diadematus. These become adult in late summer and early autumn, and then their presence on their large orb webs is often more obvious in gardens. It is also a very variable spider in terms of colour and depth of markings. They are harmless to humans.
Fri 16th August 2019 13:43 by David Howes
Unknown house spider species
House Spider Species Copyright: David Howes

This spider was found in a house in Manchester at M20 4ZD.

I need some help identifying the species. My best guess is that it is one of the species of house spider but the patterning doesn't quite look right. The body length is roughly 7-10mm.

Any information would be appreciated!

Wed 14th August 2019 04:07 by Sarah Cumbo
Please help me to identify this spider
Please help me to identify this spider Copyright: Sarah Cumbo

I have been woken by a spider bite. I squashed the spider before realising what it was. I have a very painful leg, red and swollen around bite area. Apologies for the poor quality photograph and also if this is not the purpose of this forum/site, but I am very worried and would like to know what type of spider has bitten me and if you have any advice. Many thanks

Tue 13th August 2019 23:29 by Jack Mckee
What type of spider is this?
Hello all. Found this spider tonight hanging from above just outside my front door. Never seen it before. Im no expert but from the markings it may be a false widow?

I would like an expert opinion.

This is on the south east coast of Kent.

Unidentified j Mckee Copyright: Jack Mckee

Mon 12th August 2019 10:19 by Peter Harvey
This is one of the large house spider species, and will be either Eratigena duellica or Eratigena saeva. They cannot be identified to species without careful microscopical examination of adults and are widespread in most parts of the UK.
Sun 11th August 2019 23:05 by Gary Maguire
Is this a hobo?
I’ve heard there has only been 5 recorded sightings of hobos in scotland with none in Glasgow.  This chap has been living under my patio table and I’m sure he is a hobo. Possible Hobo Spider sighting Copyright: Gary Maguire
Sun 11th August 2019 12:34 by Matthew Bromley
Unknown spider cardiff
Saw this spider on my bathroom door today. I live next to woodland if it’s relevant. Unknown spider cardiff Copyright: Matthew Bromley
Fri 9th August 2019 09:02 by Peter Harvey
You are welcome to send to me at 32 Lodge Lane, Grays, Essex RM16 2YP as long as you don't necessarily want a rapid response.
Fri 9th August 2019 08:23 by Kate Hawkins
Hypsosinga record
Hi Peter. Thanks for confirming H.pygmaea for Isle of Man. I have a few other potential new records for the Island which need checking, probably accompanied by specimens if there is anyone willing to receive them. Also some specimens I am uncertain about or need verification if I am to be any use submitting records in future.
Wed 7th August 2019 20:47 by Peter Harvey
Hi Kate. Yes this certainly would seem to be Hypsosinga pygmaea and there are no previous records in the recording scheme for the IOM, although it is certainly likely to be present in tall grassland / heathland habitats there.
Tue 6th August 2019 12:37 by Kate Hawkins
Is this Hypsosinga pygmaea?
Hypsosinga sp. Copyright: Kate HawkinsThis specimen, photographed with a Dinolite microscope, was collected from damp heathland in the Isle of Man. It is immature, but the markings are distinctive enough to convince me that it is Hypsosinga. Can anyone confirm that it is H.pygmaea, or is that not possible from an immature specimen? As far as I can tell, no species of Hypsosinga has been recorded from the Isle of Man before, so even if it isn't possible to confirm the species, it's still nice to know that a representative of the genus is here. It would be great to know as soon as possible, as I have been asked if the photo and record can be included in a newsletter about Isle of Man biodiversity, copy deadline tomorrow (sorry). (Grid reference with photo - SC23257660. Date of collection 15 July 2019)

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