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Mon 7th October 2019 18:37 by Peter Harvey
This 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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Mon 7th October 2019 15:02 by David Callender
garden spider on ivy
unknown liverpool2 Copyright: David Callender unknown liverpool Copyright: David Callender One of several identical spiders sat in middle web on flowering ivy cocooning hoverfly Liverpool driveway L8 0SY 30/9/19 identity unknown, please assist david Callender
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Sun 6th October 2019 16:04 by Peter Harvey
Yes this is 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 (see the Steatoda nobilis map. 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. They are no greater risk than honey bees and social wasps. 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.
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Sun 6th October 2019 11:59 by Gerard Smith
Noble false widow?
Noble false widow identify Copyright: Gerard SmithPlease confirm if attached photo is noble false widow. I seem to have quite a few in the garden and house. Most reports of these spiders seem to be in the south and I live in south east Manchester so if it is I would be quite surprised. Postcode is M34 2dt photo taken 6th October 2019 09:31 am.
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Tue 1st October 2019 11:57 by Peter Harvey
Yes this 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.  The black mass will be the remains of an insect prey being macerated by the jaws.
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Tue 1st October 2019 11:38 by Helen Cramp
Identification needed please
I photographed this spider on the Griselinia hedge in our garden on the Isle of Wight (PO32 6LZ) on 30 September 2019. I think it is a species of common garden spider, but I am unsure.  Can anyone confirm this please ? Also, I noticed a black mass on it's mouth parts - I don't know very much about spiders, so did I catch it in the middle of preparing or eating a meal, or is there something wrong with it ?

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Tue 1st October 2019 11:35 by Peter Harvey
Yes, this is 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. They are no greater risk than honey bees and social wasps. 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.
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