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Mon 15th October 2018 12:56 by Paul Wilson
Re: Found these two when taking down a shed
Thanks!  That is really helpful, I just thought they were really good looking spiders so wondered what they were. I also use iNaturalist for logging pictures etc. for general ecology and always struggle with spider identification. I have loads from my garden and elsewhere as I do love spiders and their variety.
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Mon 15th October 2018 11:11 by Peter Harvey
Re: Found these two when taking down a shed
The first photo is Amaurobius similis, a common spider of walls, fences etc on or near buildings. It is harmless to humans. The second is Steatoda bipunctata, a variable spider which is harmless to humans and widespread in buildings and gardens.
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Mon 15th October 2018 08:00 by Paul Wilson
Found these two when taking down a shed
Any help with identification? Had thought Steatoda at first, but thought I might be too far north. Postcode of location is EH19 3QA so Edinburgh area.

Shed spider 1 Copyright: Paul Wilson

Shed spider 2 Copyright: Paul Wilson

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Sun 14th October 2018 16:11 by Peter Harvey
This is nothing to do with any spider. Spiders do not make nests.
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Sun 14th October 2018 15:02 by Hugh Wake
Unidentified, possible spider nest
Found these in a cupboard, under/behind a box. Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, grid ref SO946228. Date 14th Oct 2018. Each of the little "enclosures" is around 3 to 4 mm long. The dark specks appear to be fragments rather than entire creatures.

Does anybody recognise it as a spider nest, if so what species?

http://www.belasknap.co.uk/!cid__166729a1c74af8270c91_.jpg link

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Sat 13th October 2018 16:30 by Peter Harvey
Re: Please can anyone identify this spider?
This looks like Steatoda grossa, a spider previously most common in the southwest and occurring more sparingly eastwards and northwards, but in recent years it has also become more frequent further north and widespread in the south-east (see http://srs.britishspiders.org.uk/portal.php/p/Summary/s/Steatoda+grossa ).
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Sat 13th October 2018 11:29 by Anna Cockram
Please can anyone identify this spider?
We have quite a few of these inside out house. BS35 5RP taken 13/10/2018 It was hiding behind the Hampstead cage when I went to hoover behind (excuse the mess!)
Pls identify if poss Copyright: Anna Cockram
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Thu 11th October 2018 15:57 by Peter Harvey
Re: Can anyone identify this spider for me please?
You need to provide the photo.
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Thu 11th October 2018 15:52 by Peter Harvey
Re: 2 in conservatory
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. Honey bees and social wasps pose a far greater risk. 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.

The uploaded photo On Conservatory door outside is a garden spider Araneus diadematus. These become adult in late summer and early autumn, and then their presence on their large orb webs is often more obvious in gardens. It is also a very variable spider in terms of colour and depth of markings. They are harmless to humans.

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Thu 11th October 2018 14:12 by Ashleigh van Blerk
Can anyone identify this spider for me please?
Found in London, Chiswick Park - W4 5HR near a large lake, on rocks and reeds.
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Tue 9th October 2018 15:02 by Jonathan Mather
2 in Conservatory
Anyone know the name of the spider in the above titled picture I have just posted.Thanks2 in Conservatory Copyright: Jonathan Mather? EX39 1EL 09//10/18
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