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Mon 31st August 2020 21:25 by Francesco Vettori
Could you please indentify the spider?
We have just moved into a new house and we have a small kid, we just wanted to understand whether the spider could be of any harm? Earlsfield, SW18

spider unknown Copyright: Francesco Vettori

Many thanks, Francesco

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Sat 29th August 2020 19:47 by Peter Harvey
Yes, 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 and Wales, 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. They are likely to present no greater risk than honey bees and social wasps. 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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Fri 28th August 2020 15:09 by Malcolm Finney
Is this Steatoda nobilis
Found in Garden Copyright: Malcolm Finney

I found this spider today in a box attached to the outside wall of the garage. The location is Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7SE.

I think this may be Steatoda nobilis?

I would appreciate a more official identification if possible.

Many thanks.

Malcolm

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Thu 20th August 2020 17:27 by Michael Kelly
What spider is this please
What spider is this please Copyright: Michael Kelly

A friend found this in her living room and I’m curious as to the species, any help in identification very much appreciated.

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Thu 20th August 2020 16:31 by Michael Kelly
What spider is this please
What spider is this please Copyright: Michael Kelly

A friend found this in her living room and I’m curious as to the species, any help in identification very much appreciated.

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Wed 12th August 2020 14:49 by David Hatley
Unidentified Spider Crawling on Me Copyright: David Hatley
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Sun 9th August 2020 15:38 by Derrick Laszlo
Possible Eratigena?
Came across this beauty whilst clearing out the garden shed. Is this an Eratigena? I have never seen one this large but I guess the good weather has been a feast for our spiders Possible Eratigena Copyright: Derrick Laszlo Possible Eratigena 2 Copyright: Derrick Laszlo Possible Eratigena 3 Copyright: Derrick Laszlo
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Sat 8th August 2020 09:33 by Peter Harvey
Re- Unknown spider, damp tunnel, Surrey
This looks likely to be Metellina merianae.
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Sat 8th August 2020 01:32 by Steve Marshall
Re- Unknown spider, damp tunnel, Surrey
Apologies, I forgot to add the grid ref fro my earlier post - it's SU913502.

Thanks,

Steve

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Fri 7th August 2020 13:37 by Peter Harvey
Re: TQ4478:Plumstead
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 and Wales, 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. They are likely to present no greater risk than honey bees and social wasps. 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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Fri 7th August 2020 13:35 by Peter Harvey
Re: Unknown spider in bunker
The image of the spider is too small to be sure of much, but it might be orb web spider Metellina merianae.
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Fri 7th August 2020 11:56 by Matt Hunt
Please ID TQ4478:Plumstead
spider on window frame in Plumstead Copyright: Matt Hunt

Saw this spider yesterday (06/08/2020) in the crevice of one of my windows at home (TQ4478:Plumstead). As it's not one I recognised I thought I'd snap a pic. A quick Google told me it might be a 'false widow' so thought I should upload it here in case it was of interest.

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Thu 6th August 2020 17:46 by Peter Harvey
Re: all white spider
Thank you for providing the full postcode and date as requested on the forum page. Your spider is the crab spider Misumena vatia, a spider which has several colour and pattern forms. Photos you have uploaded are available to use in your post as image icons in the toolbar at the top when you are adding the post or editing the post.
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Thu 6th August 2020 08:37 by Dorothy LucyAnn Curling
all white spider
There was a little white spider on a viburnum bonariensis in my garden CT13 0HJ on 3/8/20.  I would like to know what it's called and whether it is a rare beast.  This is the first time I've posted on this forum.  I can upload photos but can't see where to do it.
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Wed 5th August 2020 19:31 by Chris Curnow
Unknown spider in bunker
Hi

I’m working in a property in Redruth, upon discovering a 1942 bomb shelter, I had to explore, so while having a look with the torch on my iPhone, I came across this spider, there were loads of others, the odd false widow, cellar spiders and a few house spider carcasses, not sure what ate those.

I can’t seem to find anything like it, she is quite a size, easily large house spider size.

Unfortunately I cant upload the full resolution photo, which shows her markings much clearer.

Thanks for any help.

The postcode is TR151SA

Chris

Unknown spider in bunker Copyright: Chris Curnow

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Tue 4th August 2020 09:04 by Jon Tamplin
Spider Web being built video
Hi - every night a spider dismantles it's web and rebuilds it over my security camera. It's quite fascinating to watch so have sped it up and uploaded to youtube to share (link below). 

Does anyone know the type of spider this would be? I know the image quality of the spider is not particularly good, but maybe the characteristics of how it builds would give clues.

This is in West Malling, Kent.

Thanks

Jon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OHvbqHCqiM

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Mon 3rd August 2020 15:52 by Steve Marshall
Unknown spider, damp tunnel, Surrey
Unknown spider damp tunnel - Surrey Copyright: Steve Marshall

Hi all, I saw three individuals of this species in a damp brick lined drainage tunnel in ancient woodland near Guildford in Surrey. I have lightened the picture slightly to make features clearer. I haven't been able to allocate it to a family - any thoughts on ID appreciated. Thanks, Steve

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Mon 3rd August 2020 13:38 by Peter Harvey
Yes, this 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, and is nowadays frequent and abundant in many areas of southern England and Wales, 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. They are likely to present no greater risk than honey bees and social wasps. 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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Mon 3rd August 2020 09:11 by Liz Baggett
Help IDing this spider please
Hi, my sister came across this in her garden yesterday (postcode CV37 7ET). I’ve read through your pages and think it might be a false widow but would love it if someone could take a look and confirm. Apparently it was about the size of a 50p - I think she meant the body size when she said that. She has young children and cats so I just want to make sure it’s nothing more sinister/that could have been imported on fruit etc, just to be safe. Thanks in advance!

ID help for spider found in Cv37 7et Copyright: Liz Baggett

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