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Fri 27th November 2020 13:59 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Sarah,

I have consulted some colleagues and although the abdominal pattern isn't typical we think this is the Noble False Widow Spider Steatoda nobilis, as you suggested. For further information visit:


Tue 24th November 2020 23:14 by Sarah Mobbs
Help identifying this spider
My son found this spider on his desk in his bedroom this morning. Is it a steatada nobilis? 10 days ago I was bitten by a spider that unfortunately was in the sleeve of my top as I put it on. In the commotion unfortunately that spider was put out of the window without identification, definitely bitten by that spider, bee sting pain for 48 hours. On seeing this one this morning it looks similar. Is the as Steatade nobilis? We are in Street, Somerset Possible Steatada Nobilis Copyright: Sarah Mobbs
Sun 22nd November 2020 17:22 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Laura,

You don't seem to have supplied a photograph of your 'possibly Greek' spider.

Sat 21st November 2020 17:53 by Danniella Sherwood
Vincent, that spider is indeed Zoropsis spinimana - it would be helpful if you could give a postcode for the specimen so that Peter can add it to the recording scheme. This species is recorded for Hersham and is generally easily found in Greater London and Surrey. I see it frequently in the Autumn time in London.

Kind Regards,

Danniella Sherwood

Sat 21st November 2020 09:56 by Vincent Hoffman-Kazlauskas
Spider Identification - Hersham, Surrey
Large indoor spider Copyright: Vincent Hoffman-Kazlauskas Hello, We found this large spider on the ceiling this morning. Having had a look online i'm leaning towards it being a Zoropsidae Spinimana but I thought it was worth asking if anyone had any better idea.
Sat 21st November 2020 00:42 by Laura Mcmullen
Found this spider in grapes from greece in london sw18 1ah
may be a wolf spider could be from greece where the red grapes originated from
Sun 8th November 2020 15:49 by Geoff Oxford
Michael, your spider is a Metellina species and almost certainly Metellina segmentata. There are two extremely similar-looking species, this one and Metellina mengei, but segmentata tends to mature in autumn and mengei in spring/early summer (although the temporal division isn't absolute). Their orb-web has a hole at the hub (a characteristic of the Tetragnathidae), unlike the web of the Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus) and its relatives, where the hub is filled in. Steatoda species do not build orb-webs but a tangled scaffolding of silk.
Fri 6th November 2020 16:58 by Michael Llewellyn
Spider identification - Brighton, Sussex
Unknown spider brighton Copyright: Michael Llewellyn

Can anyone help me identify this fine looking spider? It lives on the outside of my house (in the corner of a window) and has been there at least a month or more. I thought it might belong to Steatoda genus but I haven't found anything to match.

Here is a poor quality side view - Unknown spider brighton side view Copyright: Michael Llewellyn

Fri 6th November 2020 10:57 by Geoff Oxford
Meta bourneti palp picture
Nick, this certainly looks like M. bourneti to me. An interesting find, many thanks. Geoff Oxford
Thu 5th November 2020 22:54 by Nick Cox
Meta bourneti palp picture
This is a picture of the palp of a mature male specimen collected at Rendcomb College 20th October 2020. Post code GL7 7HE

The specimen was found in a dark shed like building. The picture of the palp was taken with a microscope to aid with identification. A side by side comparison with drawings of M bourneti and M menardi are include.

It looks to me like M bourneti. I would welcome further opinion.



Meta bourneti palp picture and comparison to Meta menardi Copyright: Nick Cox


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