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Fri 29th June 2018 16:27 by Peter Harvey
Can't be reliably identified without an adult under a microscope I'm afraid.
Thu 28th June 2018 19:21 by Lisa Rowley
Help with identifying Cors Fochno peat bog spiders
Hi there,

I visited Cors Fochno peat bog near Borth in Wales on 29/5/18 and took a photo of two spiders which I hope you may be able to help identify.  The photo isn't the best (apologies and I hope I attach this correctly) but I think it might be one of the Pirata spiders. 

Any help you can provide would be gratefully received.

Many thanks,


Fri 15th June 2018 20:36 by Paul Richardson
Re: loads of these guys in my house and garden
Thanks for the fast reply Peter and thank you for positively identifying these species. I'm glad my biology degree came in handy even if I did complete it over 20years ago! I wholeheartedly concur with your views regarding the 'false widow' species and the various news articles sensationalising this largely unobtrusive and certainly inoffensive animal. Best regards Paul
Fri 15th June 2018 09:18 by Peter Harvey
Your first two photos are 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 last photo is Amaurobius, almost certainly A. similis, a common spider of walls, fences etc on or near buildings.

Thu 14th June 2018 21:13 by Paul Richardson
Loads of these guys in my house and garden
Hi there. I am hoping for a positive identification of the following 3 spiders that I have found in my house or garden/shed. I believe they are all of the genus Steatoda or possiby Amaurobius. The postcode of all is CO4 9EA, Colchester Essex. Spidey3 Copyright: Paul Richardson - Found on the wall of my bedroom. Largest example pictured

Spidey2 Copyright: Paul Richardson - Found in my shed. Many examples of this species in and around the shed

Spidey1 Copyright: Paul Richardson - Found hiding next to the skirting board in the lounge. The smallest example pictured.

Regardless of where I look in the garden or shed I am guaranteed to find examples of these spiders, they are by far the most numerous of all spiders in my house and garden.

Any help would be gratefully appreciated. Thanks, Paul

Mon 11th June 2018 17:13 by Peter Harvey
No, these are Amaurobius, almost certainly A. similis. This is a common spider of walls, fences etc on or near buildings. It is harmless to humans. It is not a so-called false widow spider.
Sun 10th June 2018 20:53 by David Maclennan
False Widow's?
Hello all, I found two of these guys in my house this weekend - never seen this kind before, can anyone identify them. I live in North Scotland - IV15 9QB postcode . Thanks for your help. 10/06/2018

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