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Thu 3rd December 2020 16:29 by Geoff Oxford
Chris, your spider is almost certainly a Cupboard Spider Steatoda grossa, although rather a pale specimen. This species is fairly well distributed in southern England and Wales, but more patchy further north. For a BAS factsheet on the common Steatoda species see:

I hope this helps.


Thu 3rd December 2020 00:42 by Chris Hunter
Spider Identification
29 August 2020 Spider Identification Copyright: Chris Hunter


I am posting in the hope that you might very kindly be able to identify a spider for me please. I have attached a photograph of the specimen. This was seen on 29 August 2020, at TW15 3QN.

Since we moved into our current home two years ago, I've seen this type of spider on many occasions. They seem to be smaller and have a more rounded abdomen than the usual house spider, with pale markings, and I'm wondering if they might be a species of false widow. 

This particular specimen was hiding behind our toilet cistern, but the majority of encounters I've had with these spiders have been outside. There's a walkway to the side of our house with a lean-to and wooden shelving where they seem to particularly enjoy congregating.

The head and abdomen of this specimen are slightly smaller than the length of my fingernail, approximately 8 mm I would say. These size is typical of the spiders I have seen.

Any help you are able to give will be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,



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