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Wed 29th July 2020 15:15 by Sharon Bailey
Is this an Araniella displicata .
White and yellow spider Copyright: Sharon Bailey

Hi. I am new to this page so hope I have done this right! Is this a Araniella displicata? It looks like it from other images I have found, but it lives on our sprout plants, although we do walk our dog in a nearby pine wood, so wonder if we may have brought it home with us! Look forward to hearing something soon. Regards Sharon

Fri 24th July 2020 22:43 by Sean Walters
Anyone know what this is?
uk Copyright: Sean Walters not sure what spider Copyright: Sean Walters

Think this may be a Labyrinth Spider, but it was very large and seemed to be bigger than descriptions I have

Thu 23rd July 2020 15:58 by Jon Beresford
Help with identification, please.
New to arachnids and would appreciate suggestions as to the identity of the spiders in the photographs.Unidentified Arachnid 1 Copyright: Jon Beresford

Unidentified Arachnid 2 Copyright: Jon Beresford

Many thanks in anticipation of the help of forum members.


Wed 15th July 2020 18:49 by Peter Harvey
Look most likely to be juvenile Steatoda grossa.
Wed 15th July 2020 18:22 by Chris Depport
Help with ID please - lots of these in our work shed
Spiders in our shed Copyright: Chris Depport

Hi.  Id be very grateful if anyone could help me identify this spider.  There is quite a lot of them in my works packaging shed, and as I thought it looked like a false widow, my colleague won't go in there and do his job until I've identified it :).  Sorry for the poor photo, done on my phone.  Location is Newent, Gl18 1DB.  Date is 15/07/20.

Tue 7th July 2020 18:31 by Peter Harvey
This is one of the Philodromus species in the aureolus group, probably Philodromus cespitum, but none of the aureolus group species can be identified to species without microscopical examination of adults, and even then often give experienced arachnologists difficulty.
Tue 7th July 2020 18:05 by Derek Lees
Identification Please
ID Copyright: Derek Lees Image of Spider taken on a Foxglove in my garden. I've been told it may be a Philodromus aureolus, but I'm totally new to this.
Mon 6th July 2020 09:24 by Peter Harvey
Yes, this appears to be Opilio canestrinii, almost certainly still juvenile this early in the season. After its initial discovery on a fencepost in the Lea valley in 1999, it has subsquently spread very widely and is now found across most of Britain. It is likely to have made its own way to your garden. I find it most often on bushes and trees, both in urban and semi natural habitats.
Sun 5th July 2020 16:20 by Graeme Robertson
Opillio canestrinii Copyright: Graeme Robertson is this Opillio canestrinii it was found on a plant bought from a garden centre about 4 months ago so not sure if that is the source or if it is resident here photo taken today 5/7/20 SD725062 VC59 south lancs
Sun 5th July 2020 11:52 by Peter Harvey
This is one of the colour varieties of the comb-footed spider Enoplognatha ovata in its widest sense - there are 2 species found in Britain which can't be identified from photos, but E. ovata is by far the most likely. The second species is E. latimana.  They are harmless to humans.
Sat 4th July 2020 16:00 by Rory Morrisey
Help with ID please
I found this attractive but very small (2mm) spider while picking raspberries on 3/7/2020 at SP907258:Linslade, Beds. Can anyone help with ID? Candy Stripe? Common or Scarce? Thanks.Raspberry Spider Copyright: Rory Morrisey
Fri 3rd July 2020 01:00 by David Watson
Help to identify please
Many new visitors to home Copyright: David Watson
Wed 1st July 2020 23:03 by Peter Harvey
This is a Dysdera woodlouse eating spider, probably Dysdera crocata, the species found near buildings and in gardens, see . There is a second species usually found on old undisturbed shingle, grasslands and heathland, but it needs microscopical examination of adults to be sure of the identification. The spiders feed on woodlice, and live under stones and other debris.
Wed 1st July 2020 16:53 by Charley Micu
Dysdera crocata or Steatoda nobilis?
Red bodied Copyright: Charley Micu

I originally thought this could be Dysdera crocata but correct me if I'm wrong, they don't make webs?

About an inch/an inch and a half.

Any help IDing this pal appreciated.


Grid ref: TQ129036 01/07/2020


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