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Fri 29th November 2019 09:39 by Peter Harvey
Your record is already added to the recording scheme thanks. This is the reason users are asked to provide a full postcode or grid reference and date of the record in the post so that it can be added to the recording scheme. Posts which don't give this information are usually ignored.
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Thu 28th November 2019 15:33 by Hugh Everett
Yes, it's obvious now
Thanks for the response. Yes, it's obvious when I look now. What beautiful markings on the abdomen ! I'm new to this web-site - ought I to record this formally ?
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Wed 27th November 2019 19:54 by Peter Harvey
No, an orb web spider Araneus quadratus, a close relative to the garden spider.
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Tue 26th November 2019 11:29 by Hugh Everett
Is this a false widow ?
Possible False Widow at 400m asl in North East Cheshire Copyright: Hugh and Oliver Everett, 24 Nov 2019

During lunch on a walk in the hills near the Cat and Fiddle Inn, Cheshire, my 10-year old found this and asks for its identity. Size: a little under 1cm (including legs). Location: Ordnance Survey SJ 995724 - in boggy grassland about 400m asl. Time 13:00-ish. Date Sun 24th Nov 2019. Temperature 5 to 10 C. Weather: very overcast, occasionally cloud lowered to this level, thus air full of moisture. What we did with it .... let it go ! Spider handled only with gloves - it moved quite slowly and exhibited no aggressiveness. We didn't look for any others nearby. Is it a false widow ?

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Mon 25th November 2019 11:56 by Aj Cann
Hahnia helveola?
I think this 2mm spider from leaf litter on Charnwood, Leicestershire, 19.11.19, is Hahnia helveola - OK to record as that?

Hahnia helveola1 Copyright: AJ Cann

Hahnia helveola2 Copyright: AJ Cann

Hahnia helveola palp Copyright: AJ Cann

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Tue 12th November 2019 13:35 by Peter Harvey
The Isle of Man Erigone capra record was by Rushton, S.P. All details of a record are available to logged-on members if they click on dots on the maps.
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Mon 11th November 2019 16:26 by Kate Hawkins
Erigone dentigera
Thanks for help with this species name and for finding the Isle of Man record. It makes sense now! I'll try and locate the record to see who reported it. As for trying to find the spider again, I'll add it to the growing list of species occurrences to check...…...
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Mon 11th November 2019 15:21 by Don Matthews
Harvestman at Torrisdale, West Sutheralnd
Thanks, Peter. I released this individual after taking the photographs so can't inspect it further. It will have to stay as a 'possible'.
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Mon 11th November 2019 13:33 by Peter Harvey
I would agree that tentatively it might be Paroligolophus agrestis. The best way to confirm is to look at the underside and see if there is a notch at the front of the genital opercularium, (deep in the female which I think yours would be). It should be visible with a good lens.
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Mon 11th November 2019 10:27 by Don Matthews
Harvestman at Torrisdale, West Sutheralnd
Harvestman at Torrisdale Copyright: Don Matthews This c.5mm harvestman was by-catch in my moth trap at Torrisdale, West Sutherland on the morning of 8 November 2019, OS grid reference NC 6808 6110. Is it possible to identify it from the photo? I'm thinking tentatively it might be Paroligolophus agrestis.
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Fri 8th November 2019 11:08 by Peter Harvey
Erigone dentigera O.P. Pickard-Cambridge, 1874 is the name which will be in a new British checklist due out fairly soon for Erigone capra. There is an old 1988 record for the species from the very south of the IOM from Langness. The species text states that it occurs among moss or grass at the edge of open water, mostly on fairly high ground, except in the far north and west where it may occur at sea-level. The record should probably be checked since this is a difficult group and the record location habitat does not seem fit with what is apparent from aerial photographs.
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Thu 7th November 2019 16:48 by Kate Hawkins
Erigone dentigera
Can anyone point me to the reference for Erigone dentigera occurring in the British Isles? It's popped up on a draft Isle of Man list of priority species of spiders and I can't find it in the British checklists I have access to. It may have been flagged as a record for the Isle of Man which I need to find (it's not one of mine).
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