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Wed 23rd May 2018 13:27 by Paul Gymer
Spider in Poland
A spider in Poland Copyright: Paul GymerCan anyone suggest an identity for the spider I have uploaded- "A spider in Poland"? It was in the Bialowieza Forest in Poland. Paul Gymer
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Wed 16th May 2018 12:36 by Nick Wood
Metellina sp?
Hi,
I'd be grateful for any help identifying two spiders that may be of the same species.
Habitat: Damp scrub in the shade of woodland in the West Midlands, SP19457765:Knowle. The two were found in close proximity on opposite leaves of the same Nettle plant.
Online research suggests they may be Metidae, specifically female (images Metidae 01 and 02) and male (images Metidae 03 and 04) Metellina segmentata or M. mengei. Specimens cannot now be examined, but I've read males of M. segmentata have hairs on the underside of the first leg - these appear to be present.
If I cannot be certain of the specific species, are they definitely Metidae? Metellina?
Many thanks.
Metidae 01 Copyright: Nick WoodMetidae 02 Copyright: Nick WoodMetidae 03 Copyright: Nick WoodMetidae Copyright: Nick Wood
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Sat 12th May 2018 16:15 by Peter Harvey
Re: Identification request
Yes, the spider looks likely to be Steadoda grossa, where adult females are often without the whitish markings found in juveniles or adult males. This is a spider previously most common in the southwest and occurring more sparingly eastwards and northwards, but in recent years it has also become widespread in the south-east and further north.
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Sat 12th May 2018 16:14 by Peter Harvey
Re: Larinioides patagiatus?
Yes, this is certainly a Larinioides species.
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Sat 12th May 2018 11:19 by Justin Gregson
Identification request
Hi, I have a very wide variety of spiders in my old drafty country house, however I have never seen this one before. I'm quite curious to see if I've identified her properly as Steatoda Grossa after a couple of hours of looking through images.  Please let me know what you think, I'm going to keep her for while. Many thanks, Justin My postcode is CB3 0LF and the date is 12 May 2018

Steatoda Grossa 4 Cambs Copyright: Justin Gregson Steatoda Grossa 1 Cambs Copyright: Justin Gregson Steatoda Grossa 3 Cambs Copyright: Justin Gregson Steatoda Grossa 2 Cambs Copyright: Justin Gregson

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Fri 11th May 2018 15:16 by Nick Wood
Re: Larinioides patagiatus?
Hi Peter, Not sure how to post a reply, but here goes. Many thanks for your informative feedback. Given the absence of the specimen (hopefully happily spinning its web in Knowle), is it possible to say what it certainly is - Larinioides sp.?
Nick

"Fri 11th May 2018 14:30 by Peter Harvey Re: Larinioides patagiatus? This may indeed be Larinioides patagiatus, but unfortunately it needs microscopical examination of the palp to be sure. It is certainly an adult male, but the palpal details needed to confirm the identification (the median apophyses in particular) cannot be seen from your photos (and it is unlikely any photo of a live spider would show these details in sufficient clarity anyway)."

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Fri 11th May 2018 14:30 by Peter Harvey
Re: Larinioides patagiatus?
This may indeed be Larinioides patagiatus, but unfortunately it needs microscopical examination of the palp to be sure. It is certainly an adult male, but the palpal details needed to confirm the identification (the median apophyses in particular) cannot be seen from your photos (and it is unlikely any photo of a live spider would show these details in sufficient clarity anyway).
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Fri 11th May 2018 13:43 by Nick Wood
Larinioides patagiatus?
Hi, I'm new to this site so my apologies if I do anything wrong!
I'd like help with an identification.
The tiny spider was found in hedgebank vegetation beside a canal towpath in Knowle, West Midlands on 10 May, 2018. Grid Ref: SP18487798
Online research indicates it may be Ornamental orbweaver - Larinioides patagiatus.
I've recorded the specimen's ID on www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/ as "Likely", but I'm not sure if you share records.
I'm not sure if the images I've uploaded (Larinioides patagiatus 01/02/03) automatically attach, so I've clicked on them and am hoping for the best!
Looking forward to your help...  Nick
Larinioides patagiatus 01 Copyright: Nick WoodLarinioides patagiatus 02 Copyright: Nick WoodLarinioides patagiatus 03 Copyright: Nick Wood
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