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Fri 18th June 2021 16:01 by Andy MacGregor
Textrix denticulata new record
Textrix denticulata New Galloway Copyright: John Adair My colleague took this picture on 12 June at Kells Church, New Galloway NX63217835. Looks like maybe a new 10k record so I thought it worth submitting. Thanks, Andy
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Thu 17th June 2021 09:01 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Frank, Well, this certainly isn't a British species and while it does look somewhat like species in the genus Helpis without examination of the pedipalps it is hard to be sure what it is. As far as I know Helpis has not been recorded before in Britain but then species are being imported all the time, some noted, others not. Geoff
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Wed 16th June 2021 15:01 by Frank Hendre
Unusual visitor or becoming established.
Found what has been identified as an adult male Helpis occidentalis, an Australian jumping spider. Not so unusual except for the fact that it was found in Woolpit in Suffolk. Have there been any other records of this spider having been found in the UK? Given the lack of travel over the last year or so, its appearance is all the more unusual.

Frank

Unusual visitor Copyright: Frank Hendre Unusual visitor or resident Copyright: Frank Hendre

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Wed 16th June 2021 14:42 by Adam Price
Many Thanks!
Dear Geoff. Fantastic - thank you. I was interested in the raised 'spine' on the abdomen too (I'd not seen that before, but then I am only a casual observer). Yes, it was very fast. If I can find him again, I'll try to get a better shot. And I am still standing, so you are right that it was a harmless bite!! Thanks again for making the time to reply!
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Wed 16th June 2021 10:01 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Adam, I would certainly say an Amaurobius species from the general shape, the shape of the dark mark on the anterior dorsal surface and the whitish chevrons leading back from that. The mottling on the lateral abdomen is unusual in my experience but as with most species, there is considerable between-individual variation. It's difficult to see whether the legs are annulated or not. If annulated = A. fenestralis or A. similis, if not = A. ferox. All are fast and fearless and will have a go at a proffered finger. None are harmful. Geoff
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Wed 16th June 2021 09:32 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Steve, Yes, a Philodromus species, possible P. aureolus but impossible to be sure from a photograph. It is a male - note the enlarged 'boxing glove' pedipalps at the front. In females the pedipalps are just like short legs, and not swollen at the ends. If it isn't mature, it's only one moult away. Geoff
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Sun 13th June 2021 13:20 by Steve Marshall
Philodromus sp.?
Hi, this c5mm spider was on our kitchen wall near the door to our wooded garden. I think it may be a Philodromus female? I'm not familiar with the genus. 12/06/2021, Normandy, Surrey SU9331950219. With thanks, Steve

Possible Philodromus sp. Copyright: Steve Marshall

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Sun 13th June 2021 12:33 by Adam Price
Hi - I can't seem to find a match for this sider in all the images on your site. It might be a black lace weaver or a cave sider? Anyway, it bit me, so I am interested partly for curiosity, and partly 'just in case'! The puncture marks are about 3/4mm apart. NG123AB - 13th June 2021.maybe black lace weaver Copyright: Adam Price
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Thu 10th June 2021 15:24 by Geoff Oxford
Dear John, Your photograph is so dark it's difficult to make out any features, and you don't say how large it was or where you found it. It could possible be a Black Lace Spider Amaurobius ferox, but it could be something else entirely! Geoff
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Thu 10th June 2021 15:18 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Louise, I'm delighted you have become fascinated by these spiders. Let me try to answer your question. The spiderlings will disperse in the next week or so and begin to set up their own webs. By the time they disperse there will probably be fewer of them anyway - young spiders will happily eat their siblings. If you can leave the door open (assuming they are on the inside) this will encourage then to move out rather than in. If some do set up home in your shed, few will survive if there is not enough food to keep them going and so you will not be inundated. Those that do remain will be eating up flies, mosquitoes and midges and doing you a service. I hope this helps. Geoff
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Wed 9th June 2021 11:56 by John Thomas
Help with identification
Unknown Spider Newcastle Copyright:

Hi I wonder if anyone has an idea what this is, I have done a little research but can see spiders which are similar. Don't want to prejudice anyone by giving my guess. Its a spider I have never seen before. Its in NE12 7NR 5th June 2021

thanks John

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Tue 8th June 2021 20:53 by Louise Hill
False Widow and Family: Advice please
Hi I have a garden studio (shed!) and since last September a false widow type spider has taken up residence just above the door ... she’s disappeared a couple of times but always comes back to the same spot ... I’ve never been keen on spiders but while spending time in close proximity to this one, especially during lockdown, I’ve become rather fascinated/obsessed with her. I have taken quite a few photos of her, but apart from that we leave each other alone and I’ve had no reason to evict her! Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I watched her wrapping something up ... I only know basic things about spiders so I assumed it was a packed lunch ... It wasn’t ... yep, it was an egg sac ... and now there are babies ... lots of babies ... It’s only been a couple of days since they emerged, they’re tiny wee things and they’re all still clustered around the sac ... She is obviously protecting them and seems to be on high alert ... So she’s now turned the fascination dial up to 11 ... What I’d really like to know, is what happens now? Will the babies gradually disperse and find their own space or will they hang around ... ?! I’m not sure how I feel about sharing my shed with so many of them ... It’s easy to live in harmony with one false widow who never ventures far ... but hundreds of them?!  ... I don’t want to harm them but if that many are hiding in all the nooks and crannies in my shed, I’m concerned about accidentally squashing them, or disturbing them and possibly getting bitten ... I know they’re not aggressive spiders and it’s not a lethal bite but I’d still rather avoid it! Am I overreacting?  I’m happy to just leave them alone, but is there something I should be doing to avoid any unpleasantness - for all of us ?! 🤷‍♀️ Apologies for the epic message ... If you’ve read this far thanks, and I look forward to any advice or information you might have for me! Thank you! x
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Mon 7th June 2021 19:58 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Emma, correction! Peter Harvey points out I was wrong when I identified your spider as Philodromus dispar. He says it is a male of one of the Philodromus aureolus group, not dispar. Apologies for that. Geoff
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Mon 7th June 2021 17:12 by Geoff Oxford
Paul, I think this probably is Heliophanus cupreus, but one really needs it under a microscope to be sure. The very dark legs may just be individual variation. I haven't seen this species in the flesh and so can't comment on how variable coloration is between specimens. Geoff
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Mon 7th June 2021 14:46 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Emma, your metallic spider is a male Philodromus dispar, one of the running crab spiders. As you've observed - very fast moving!  Geoff
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Mon 7th June 2021 14:44 by Geoff Oxford
Dear John Warren. I can't access your facebook link. Can you email your photograph of a possible Micrommata virescens to secretary@britishspiders.org.uk?  Thanks, Geoff
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Mon 7th June 2021 00:07 by Paul Bowdler
Heliophanus cupreus?
Sorry if I'm being a totally novice, but I came across this heliophanus species in Essex today in the following location https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/osmaps/51.9418922250905,1.179144175164339,14.883269404126597/pin/

Heliophanus sp. Copyright: Paul Bowdler

To me it looks like h. cupreus but with black legs. Is this a known variation or am I barking up the wrong tree?

Many thanks,

Paul

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Sun 6th June 2021 19:32 by Emma Phillips
Help with ID please
Hi, is anyone able to ID this spider please? It's metallic green and very fast about the size of my thumbnail. It seemed to like heat as it was zooming back and forth close to the gas hob whilst I was cooking. Spotted 06/06/2021 Location DE14 3HT

Many thanks EmmaMetallic green spider Copyright:

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Sat 5th June 2021 21:43 by John Warren
I.D. request
Is this micrommata virescens? 05/06/2021 Mill Pond, Swinley Forest, Berkshire SU888651 Slightly larger than Crab spider mainly green with light pink on upper abdomen www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=4095781140488578&set=pcb.2933154537001088
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Fri 4th June 2021 10:48 by Tim Giddings
Is this a species of Steatoda?
Found this spider nesting in my outbuilding. After trawling the internet for possible species I think it may be a species of Steatoda, possibly Steatoda Nobilis, but can anyone confirm please?
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