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Tue 8th August 2017 13:14 by Donal O'Donnell
Many thanks for confirming the identification and for sorting out my photo.  Although it was found in a garden, we do not bring in new plants from garden centres so it is a mystery how it turned up.  I will keep an eye out for any more in the surrounding area.  It is a very pretty beast.

Best wishes, Donal

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Mon 7th August 2017 11:34 by Peter Harvey
Yes, this is Synema globosum. Crab spiders will actively catch and feed on many different insects and other invertebrates. To date there has been no proof of an established population of the spider, and records have either certainly or may have been the result of casual imports e.g. in flowers etc. There is good reason though to expect it to become established, since it is very widespread in Europe.

The reason your photo did not show in the post was that you managed to double insert it soemhow. You can insert a picture simpling by clicking once on the mini photo shown above the text entry. I have sorted that out now.

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Sun 6th August 2017 13:22 by Donal O'Donnell
Napoleon Spider?
Napoleon Spider Copyright: Donal O'Donnell I found the spider in the attached photo today (6th August 2017) on a Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) flower in my garden at Kingston near Cambridge. (TL347547). (CB23 2NJ)

I think it is a Napoleon Spider (Synaema globosum/) .  I have not seen one before so it would be good if you could confirm this. 

Is this spreading in the UK now?  Do you know what it usually feeds on?

Many thanks,

Donal. PS.  I don't seem to see the photo I uploaded.  How do I get it into the forum post?

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Tue 1st August 2017 15:59 by Steve Franks
Steatoda nobilis?
We share our house and conservatory with a number of spiders. some of these are Steatoda, but I'm not sure which species. Can anyone identify them from this photo? Steatoda in my bathroom Copyright: Steve Franks Thanks in advance, Steve

CT14 9PJ 01/08/2017

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