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Sun 29th September 2019 17:45 by Charley Micu
Help identifying this spider
Grid REF: TQ142027

Found this guy when picking grapes from the awning in my garden, about 7-10mm. Thought it might be Steatoda Nobilis, but haven't done many ID's so would be greatful if anyone knew.

Grape Spider 2019-09-29 Copyright: Charley Micu

Thu 26th September 2019 18:40 by Peter Harvey
Looks like the harvestman Mitopus morio.
Thu 26th September 2019 16:28 by Steve Marshall
Unknown spider, Sca Fell, Cumbria
Hi all, I came across this spider amongst rocks just down from the summit of Symonds Knott on Sca Fell, NY207066, on 21st September 2019.

I'd estimate body length at 10mm but this is only a guide.

It's not the best photograph, but if anyone has an idea of species or family I'd be interested to know. The yellow at the side of the carapace struck me as unusual.



Unknown spider - Sca Fell - 21Sep2019 Copyright: Steve Marshall

Tue 24th September 2019 09:31 by Peter Harvey
Yes, looks like a wasp spider eggsac.
Mon 23rd September 2019 15:21 by Roderick Payne
Wasp Spider Egg Sack??
EGGSACK Copyright: Roderick Payne
Sun 22nd September 2019 22:12 by Peter Harvey
It is probably A. similis, but would need microscopical examination of an adult to be certain. From the legs, this looks like a juvenile.
Sun 22nd September 2019 14:57 by David Walsh
ID help please. A. fenestralis or similis
Found yesterday in our woodpile, outside the house.

Is it A. fenestralis or A. similis? Grateful for any help.

Location - Stalybridge, Cheshire. A. fenestralis or similis Copyright: David Walsh

Wed 18th September 2019 20:50 by Peter Harvey
This is Zygiella x-notata, a common orb web spider of buildings, walls, fences, gardens etc, completely harmless to humans.
Wed 18th September 2019 20:47 by Darren Carter
Identification please
Hi Guys

Can any one help identify this little guys please? Unknown Spider in Essex 2 Copyright: Darren Carter Unknown Spider in Essex Copyright: Darren Carter

Seen in a bedroom in Colchester, Essex Thanks Darren

Tue 17th September 2019 18:55 by Peter Harvey
Almost certainly one of the larger house spider species.
Tue 17th September 2019 15:56 by Marj Hanna
Biggest spider I've ever seen in N Ireland
Really annoyed that I didn't think to take a picture at the time.....A few days ago in my sunroom, where the door is often left open, I found, in my open container of birdseed (filled by me from bought food for feeders outside), the biggest spider I have ever seen in the UK. Its body was at least 1" long, excluding legs. Including legs it was probably around 2" in diameter. It was a generally nondescript grey/brown colour. Spiders don't bother me so I just caught it in a jar & put it outside, where it scuttled off. Since then I have become curious about what it could have been. All a bit vague I know but Google isn't much help. Anyone able to identify from vague description? - Marj
Tue 17th September 2019 12:07 by Peter Harvey
Ask the Tegenaria expert Geoff Oxford

Palps are very 3-dimensional so photos are usually not a great deal of help. These spiders need extremely careful examination of the palp under a microscope, see the download Identification of Tegenaria gigantea and saeva on the Difficult species page.

Tue 17th September 2019 09:57 by Aj Cann
Please can I have some advice on how to record this specimen (Leicester house wanderer). I can get better photos of the palps if this would help get it to species. Tegenaria - Eratigena1 Copyright: AJ Cann Tegenaria - Eratigena palp Copyright: AJ Cann
Mon 16th September 2019 09:31 by Peter Harvey
Re: Sub-adult Dolomedes?
Yes this will be a juvenile Dolomedes fimbriatus. Juveniles often venture away from water on heathland.
Mon 16th September 2019 09:29 by Peter Harvey
Re: I.D help please
Yes 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. 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.
Sun 15th September 2019 07:47 by Hannah Barlow
Sub-adult Dolomedes?
Photographed 14/09/2019 on gorse by a footpath on Throop Heath, Dorset SY 82204 91587 Confirmation of ID appreciated. Sub-adult Dolomedes1 Copyright: Hannah Barlow
Sat 14th September 2019 21:25 by Tracey Mackwell
I.D help please
Hi disturbed this beauty today was wondering if she is a false widow?Is this a False widow spider Copyright: Tracey Mackwell

Location SW6427

14 September 2019

Sat 14th September 2019 08:42 by Peter Harvey
Looks like Pholcus phalangioides the 'daddy long legs spider', gravid with eggs. It particularly favours undisturbed parts of houses such as cellars and bathrooms where it can establish large colonies beneath baths and shower-trays, and will make an untidy web in the corners of ceilings. Surprisingly for a fragile looking creature, it is a voracious predator of other spiders such as house spiders Tegenaria species.
Fri 13th September 2019 07:48 by Sophia Schuppler
What fresh hell is this spider???
Unsurespuder Copyright: Sophia Schuppler

Found this in my home, can’t find it on any identification site.

It’s legs are rather thin,

It’s got a tiny clear head with a brown spot on it and a brown round body. It’s not a daddy long legs.

Wed 11th September 2019 19:32 by Peter Harvey
Re: ? Araneus alsine Methop moss
No this is Araneus quadratus, which like its relative the garden spider Araneus diadematus, is extremely variable both in colour and pattern.
Wed 11th September 2019 00:44 by Stephen Blandford
? Araneus alsine Methop moss
Hi, I came across this orange orb spider at Methop moss 8th September 2019 , the best match I could find on line was Araneus alsine but I am no expert and would be grateful for confirmation or alternative id Many thanks
Mon 9th September 2019 13:42 by Peter Harvey
Re: Identification please?
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.
Sun 8th September 2019 20:54 by Nick Widdows
Identification please?

What species of spider is this please?

A spider! Copyright: Nick W

St16 3xs 8th September 2019


Thu 5th September 2019 21:19 by Peter Harvey
Need to be able to see the top surface of the spider, especially the abdomen. It looks probably to be a garden spider Araneus diadematus, an extremely variable spider in colour and pattern
Thu 5th September 2019 21:03 by Nathan Lockley
Hey. I'm a total novice when it comes to identifying spiders. I've had this one on my window for a couple of months now and I've been trying to ID it with no luck. Any help would be appreciated. If the pic isnt good enough just let me know and I'll see if I can get a better one. It was found in bartley green, south birmingham. B32 3ua

IdentificationB32 Copyright: Nathan Lockley

Thu 5th September 2019 18:53 by Peter Harvey
Not surprisingly you cannot upload a photo unless you are logged on (otherwise anyone, unidentifiable spammer or any other user anywhere in the world could upload anything. If you want to upload a photo/s of Tenuiphantes flavipes, please make sure these have been correctly identified under a microscope.
Thu 5th September 2019 17:33 by Aj Cann
Tenuiphantes flavipes photos
The species page for Tenuiphantes flavipes:

says: "sorry, no pictures available for this species yet - if you have an image please log on and upload it".  I have some images I would like to contribute, but when I try to upload them following the link on the page is says "Sorry you must be logged on".  How can I contribute my images please?

Thank you - images uploaded (including images of epigyne and vulva) - please feel free to use these on the species page if you wish.

The upload problem seems to have been a browser/cookie issue, switching to a different browser allows me to log on.

Thank you.

Wed 4th September 2019 15:03 by Peter Harvey
Re: Re: Re: Holocnemus pluchei
Yes that would be fine.
Wed 4th September 2019 14:09 by Jason Argent
Re: Re: Holocnemus pluchei
Hi Peter,

Would you prefer the specimen in ethanol or something else? I also have a possible Clubiona pallidula specimen if you wouldn't mind taking a look at that too?



Wed 4th September 2019 12:15 by Peter Harvey
Re: Tegenaria duellica?
This can't be confirmed from photos, it would need extremely careful examination of the palp under a microscope, see the download Identification of Tegenaria gigantea and saeva on the Difficult species page.
Wed 4th September 2019 12:11 by Peter Harvey
Re: Holocnemus pluchei
It certainly looks like it, but microscopical examination of an adult would be needed to be certain. Can you send one to Peter Harvey, 32 Lodge Lane, Grays, Essex RM16 2YP..
Wed 4th September 2019 10:27 by Sam Buckton
Tegenaria duellica?
I just posted a photo of the palps of putative male Tegenaria duellica from inside 11 Nunfield, Chipperfield, Herts, WD4 9EW, 3/9/19, TL0464201754. Found in bathtub.



Tegenaria duellica Copyright: Sam Buckton

Tue 3rd September 2019 11:42 by Jason Argent
Holocnemus pluchei

I'm a marine taxonomist by trade, so spiders are a casual hobby for me. How certain can I be that this is Holocnemus pluchei? They were found around the roof and skylights of a warehouse in a North Gloucestershire village. Postcode GL2 7LN 03/09/2019.

Thanks in advance,

Jason Argent

Possible H. pluchei 04 Copyright: Jason ArgentPossible H. pluchei 03 Copyright: Jason ArgentPossible H. pluchei 02 Copyright: Jason ArgentPossible H. pluchei 01 Copyright: Jason Argent


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