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Sun 28th July 2019 09:20 by Peter Harvey
As far as I can tell from the low resolution photo, this is one of the large house spiders Tegenaria species. They can't be identified to species without examination under a microscope, but they are harmless and occur in most buildings in the country.
Sat 27th July 2019 21:28 by Trudi Maybury
Unknown large black spider with large brown body
Please help identify this large black spider with large brown body in Cannock, UK. Unknown large black spider with large brown body Copyright: Trudi Maybury
Fri 26th July 2019 21:34 by Paul Murray
Steatoda but which one?
Found a couple of these in my garden.The colouration is shiny jet black.Nothing like the similar but distinctly brown Bipunctata, i've seen.Nobilis or grossa?Steatoda found in stockport on my fence Copyright: Paul Murray
Fri 26th July 2019 09:49 by Peter Harvey
This looks like 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.
Thu 25th July 2019 20:28 by Becky Stevens
Can anyone help to identify this please?
Hiding behind the door Copyright: Becky StevensCaught for release Copyright: Becky Stevens


We found this spider in our house earlier (Thursday 25 July) sitting next to the hinge of one of the doors in our kitchen. My husband was able to catch it in a glass quite easily and we relocated it on the fence in our garden where it has remained ever since. There looks like there is another smaller spider that is quite similar in appearance close by on the fence as well, in quite a thick web.  Just wondering if anyone can help to identify the species please? We've never had one in the house before and from looking at picture on Google are wondering if it could be a false widow? The body was about 1cm in length and the legs were quite thick and black. I've attached a selection of pics showing it indoors, in a glass and on the fence. Thanks in advance for your help.

Location: Nottingham, NG13 8ZT.

Thu 25th July 2019 08:33 by Jon Tamplin
Baby Spiders

I've found a large number of baby spiders in my under-stairs cupboard.  I don't particularly want to kill them, but I also don't fancy having hundreds of full size spiders running round the house (I haven't mentioned to my wife that they are there and she hasn't looked yet...)

I think they are normal daddy long legs type spiders. 

So my questions are...

Can they be safely moved? If I can move them, where is suitable? If they can't be moved, will they likely just move on and i'd be none the wiser?

Thanks in advance for you advice.

Fri 19th July 2019 09:45 by Peter Harvey
Yes, this is Argiope, but a juvenile. Even when females are more advanced and resemble the adult spider, they may not actually be adult with an adult female epigyne - this would need careful examination of the underside with a hand lens.
Thu 18th July 2019 21:22 by Phil Burchell
Argiope Baldock Copyright: Phil Burchell


Almost certain this is Argiope b. but would like clarification. I found several webs of these in the area, all of which lacked the characteristic zig zag of the stabilimentum. But the spider itself looks like it can't be anything else. Am I wrong?

Sun 14th July 2019 11:17 by Peter Harvey
Looks like a gnaphosid spider, possibly a juvenile and / or wet 'mouse spider' Scotophaeus blackwalli - from the photo the top of the abdomen looks a bit as though it is wet, so that hairiness on the sides is hidden, and the legs are very pale for this spider.
Sat 13th July 2019 11:17 by G Bell
Identification Help please
Hi all, just wondering if this wee fella can be identified, was found crawling around bedroom carpet. We've never seen one before and having problems trying to ID it from internet. TIA for any input.

Location: Aberdeen, AB10 6NZ. Time: 22:00 12.07.19

Unknown Spider 001 Copyright: GB Unknown Spider 002 Copyright: G Bell

Sat 13th July 2019 09:37 by Peter Harvey
Re: Nemastoma Bimaculatum?
Yes, the bottom two photos are Nemastoma bimaculatum. The first photo is almost certainly a freshly moulted juvenile, probably the same.
Fri 12th July 2019 00:20 by S Trees
Nemastoma Bimaculatum?
Hello, A few of these found under a log at SO 76923 46968 01/07/19

Am I correct in ID of this as Nemastoma Bimaculatum? And if so, is the pale one a newly moulted version of the same species? Many thanks

Harvestman moult Copyright: S Trees

Black Harvestman Copyright: S Trees

Black Harvestman 2 Copyright: S Trees

Thu 11th July 2019 14:49 by Tom Shaw
Spider on neighbour's wall
Can anyone help with identifying this.  It seems to be carrying a red Starnge spider Copyright: Tom Shawspaceship shaped object on its back. Starnge spider Copyright: Tom Shaw Unknown spidef Copyright: Tom Shaw
Wed 10th July 2019 11:39 by Peter Harvey
Re: Mitopus morio var. ericaceus
Paul Hillyard's Harvestmen Synpses of the British Fauna (New series) 3rd edition states under morio for two forms "Compare penis carefully". It also states females of var. morio vary in appearance from a well-marked black saddle pattern to a uniformly greyish brown without saddle; between these extremes, female saddles often edged black and white with a relatively pale centre, sometimes with a longitudinal strip, similar to var. ericaeus. Under var. ericaeus it states "typical morio var. morio differs in its ecology, coloration, and generally stronger armature, male ocularium more prominent, penis proportions indicative (corpus relatively long and slender compared with M. morio var. morio. Note bladder and apophysis at base of glans)", and fig. 72 E, D provides drawings for both. This would suggest that to be sure you would need to check these features in the adult male in direct comparison to the normal form.
Tue 9th July 2019 13:07 by Dan Watson
Mitopus morio var. ericaceus
Mitopus morio var. ericaeus TBC Copyright: Dan Watson

Is it possible to be sure whether this is Mitopus morio var. ericaceus? It was photographed on Creag an Lochain, Ben Lawers NNR, NN5900 4089, 730m asl on 3rd August 2019.


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