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Sat 27th March 2021 19:29 by Peter Harvey
I would say Harpactea hombergi, often found in houses and gardens as well as woodlands.
Sat 27th March 2021 15:47 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Christine, there is a Myrmarachne formosa but not on the British list. From your photographs it is difficult to tell what it might be. Do you still have the specimen?  If so I'd be happy to take a look. If you email me on: I can give you a postal address to send it to. Geoff
Sat 27th March 2021 11:31 by Christine Fisher
Is this spider Myrmarachne formosa
Greetings from Suffolk, I am new on here. I found this unusual spider in the house today 27th march 2021, after we had been working outside in the garden yesterday and on the allotment, so presume it came in on someone's clothing. It looks like a large ant but having eight legs it is plainly a pider. The most similar one I canfind is Myrarachne formosa but it has a longitudinal stripe down the centre of the abdomen and a paler tip to it.  Also we are not on chalk but on sand here.It's legs are striped. Harpactea hombergi Myrmarachne suspect Copyright: Christine Fisher Does anyone know what it is? Christine F
Fri 19th March 2021 16:24 by Peter Harvey
Certainly not adult, but possible slightly swollen palps. It doesn't look very male-like shape to me though.
Fri 19th March 2021 15:59 by Joe Myers
Garden finds
Thanks.  The front view of the Agalenatea redii looks like the palps are swollen.  Is it a subadult, or even adult, male?  Agalenatea redii front Copyright: Joe Myers
Fri 19th March 2021 14:13 by Peter Harvey
Dear Joe

Thanks for the info, gridref and date, I will make sure these are added to the SRS. All your spiders will almost certainly still be juvenile, but of course you cannot confirm a spider is adult without being able to see either the complex adult male palp structure or fully developed adult female epigyne. The best way to get records into the SRS is through the Area Organiser for the county involved.

Fri 19th March 2021 13:56 by Joe Myers
Garden finds
Ive been told the forum is a good way to get records added to SRS so heres a few i found in my garden this morning in TL927675.  Agalenatea redii, Mangora acalypha, and Zilla diodia.

Sun 14th March 2021 15:00 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Michael, this is a false widow spider. Either the Noble False Widow Spider Steatoda nobilis or the Cupboard Spider Steatoda grossa. For more information see our factsheet at: Geoff
Sun 14th March 2021 14:49 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Christian, on consultation we think your spider is probably a rather pale Noble False Widow Spider Steatoda nobilis. For more information see the factsheet at: I hope this helps, Geoff
Sat 13th March 2021 11:34 by Michael Kelly
Female noble false widow?
Can you help me identify this spider?

It looks (to an amatuer like me) like a noble false widow but I found it as per the picture, surrounded by young, which I believe is out of character? It was also much larger than I was led to believe for this species. Thanks :)

Michael Kelly3 Copyright: Michael Kelly Michael Kelly2 Copyright: Michael Kelly Michael Kelly Copyright: Michael Kelly

Wed 10th March 2021 21:26 by Christian Sloan-Murphy
Hi Geoff, No, the pattern was very clear, not a reflection (it was daylight at the time). The legs appeared much darker than they came out in the picture (nearly black). The spider was about 15-20mm inc legs. Christian.
Wed 10th March 2021 16:01 by Geoff Oxford
Dear James and Nicholas, both of your spiders are Noble False Widow Spiders (females) Steatoda nobilis. For more information on this species see: If you could send location details (postcode or map ref) to me at I can add them to the database. Thanks, Geoff
Wed 10th March 2021 15:57 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Christian, to be honest I an not sure what this is. There is no indication of scale and it looks as if the white pattern on the abdomen might be caused by a flash reflection. Is his possible? Geoff
Wed 10th March 2021 10:35 by James Gill
False Black Widow?
I had this guy come into my bedroom last night, and was wondering if it was a false black widow. I live in a seaside town called Aldeburgh, north of Felixstowe.False Black Widow In Aldeburgh Copyright: James Gill
Wed 10th March 2021 07:22 by Nicholas Clark-Lowes
Can you confirm the is a False Black Widow?

I was dismantling an old conservatory on the coast just outside Lowestoft and found this hiding, can you confirm if it is a False Black Widow?

False Black Widow on the coast Copyright: Nicholas Clark-Lowes

Tue 9th March 2021 17:32 by Christian Sloan-Murphy
Unidentified IoW Spider 1
Hoo Spiders 1 Copyright: Christian Sloan-Murphy

I have recently moved to a Victorian house on the Isle of Wight (PO39 0AB), with a big garden & numerous sheds. I noticed that you have limited species recorded on the island, so I thought I'd submit anything interesting I find.

This is the first one; is it a cave spider "meta menardi" or something else? I found it on the top of a water butt in a sheltered corner, after I'd disturbed the lid to fill a small watering can (it wasn't there initially). Sorry the photo's not great...

Many thanks,


Thu 4th March 2021 13:09 by Geoff Oxford
Dear David, yes, this does look like a male Heliophanus. Unfortunately the species can't be told apart reliably except by microscopical examination. Heliophanus cupreus and H. flavipes are the more common and widespread species and therefore the most likely to be encountered. Geoff
Tue 2nd March 2021 21:42 by David Lee
Salticidae ID request
Hi, I have just recently registered and am still finding my way around interacting with this website so I apologise for any errors. I have uploaded an image of what I believe to be a Heliophanus but I cannot get any further with the ID, can you please help? The image was captured on 26/06/2020 in KT111BL. Many thanks. Dave Lee.Salticidae 003.jpg Copyright: David Lee

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