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Wed 22nd May 2019 23:55 by Alan Pritchard
Which Drassodes is it?
Drassodes Copyright: Alan PritchardDrassodes Snack Copyright: Alan PritchardDrassodes Snack closest zoom Copyright: Alan PritchardDrassodes the captured Copyright: Alan PritchardDrassodes Field guide page Copyright: Alan Pritchard I looking for a positive identification. I would like to think it is D. lapidosus as it's spinnerets and abdomen are longer D. pubesens and D. cupreus.

If there is another possibility I would like to know.

Tue 21st May 2019 08:53 by Don Matthews
Platybunus triangularis?
This harvestman was in my moth trap by Loch Loyal at NC615504, set overnight on 18-19 May. Given its looks and the time of year, I'm thinking it's a Platybunus triangularis - but am I right?

Don Matthews possible Platybunus triangularis 1 Copyright: Don Matthews possible Platybunus triangularis 2 Copyright: Don Matthews

Sun 5th May 2019 13:30 by Peter Harvey
Yes, the photo shows 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. They are probably widespread in your whole local region, so there would not be much point in trying to remove them, and you simply need to not deliberately pick them up or squeeze them etc. You can see some sensible information about false widow spiders e.g. on this website, the BAS website link and Buglife website.
Sat 4th May 2019 13:10 by Elliot Silvester
Identification help and advice regarding young children
I suspect I found a pair of false widow spiders ‘nesting’?! inside a drill bit box that was on top of my chest of draws in my bedroom. Was a bit of a cluttered corner next to a old drafty window.

Bedford Bedfordshire MK41 7RQ

I’ve moved most of the clutter and pulled chest of draws out and apart from webs in a similar tool box I’ve found no spiders or evidence of.

I have two toddlers in the house that LOVE spiders and I’m proud how unafraid they are even though their mum is terrified. They are about to turn 2 & 4 respectively and I don’t wish to dampen their curiosity or instil any fear yet if the spiders are what I suspect nor do I want them to play with them!  Any advice would be well received as well as support in identification.

Thank you! Identification help and advice spiders young children Copyright: Elliot Silvester Identification help and advice Copyright: Elliot Silvester


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