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Mon 24th May 2021 15:25 by Geoff Oxford
Eric, Right family - this is a False Widow Spider, probably Steatoda nobilis. All the Steatoda species have a pale crescent wrapped around the anterior abdomen, as shown very clearly in your photograph. The coloration of the abdomen is very variable and, in mature females, can be almost totally black with little obvious pattern. For more information on these species in Britain see: Geoff
Mon 24th May 2021 12:20 by Erica Abelha
A White Widow?
White Widow Copyright: Erica Abelha

Good morning. I just spotted this spider outside my window and did a quick Google research with the image, but I found 2 different results. Can you help me identifying them? It looks like B. Latridectus pallidus but I'm not sure.

I'm also sending the results I found.

Results found Copyright: Erica Abelha

Thu 20th May 2021 18:48 by Peter Harvey
Dear Sarah, no this is 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 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. Noble False Widow bites have been compared with a wasp sting; the pain is usually short-lived and (in rare cases) may result in feeling unwell for a day or so.  The neurotoxins in the venom don’t cause the bacterial infections – or ‘necroses’ – often attributed to spider bites in the press. These are much more likely to result from infections of dirty splinter wounds or scratching insect bites with a dirty finger-nail. In contrast to wasp and bee stings, spider bites are extremely unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. 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. For a BAS factsheet on the common Steatoda species see: BAS Leaflets
Thu 20th May 2021 18:39 by Sarah Lloyd
Meta menardi?
Spider in outhouse 1 Copyright: Sarah Lloyd

Is this Meta menardi? It was lurking in a crack in the lintel of an old outhouse in my garden. The door is always open, so it's not dark although there's no direct sunlight. It's fairly damp with harts tongue fern growing inside

Sat 15th May 2021 21:34 by Danniella Sherwood
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Sat 15th May 2021 15:16 by Andy Adcock
Help posting a pic
Hi all, can someone post an idiot guide please, just can't figure out how to attach a pic to a post?

Thanks, Andy

Wed 12th May 2021 12:05 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Janet, yes, definitely a False Wolf Spider - lovely beasts! Geoff
Wed 12th May 2021 12:04 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Michelle, yes this is a Noble False Widow spider. IF you can catch her, it is perfectly OK to take her outside, where they live in holes in fences, railings, brickwork etc. Geoff
Wed 12th May 2021 12:01 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Leigh-Ann, definitely a Spitting Spider. If you could send me your postcode ( I can add your record to the national database. Thanks, Geoff
Fri 7th May 2021 19:10 by Janet Hales
False Wolf Spider Egham
This spider found when I moved a tarpaulin covering a pile of timber in our garden in Egham, Surrey TW20 9BT on 25 April 2021.  Body is a good 25 mm long.  I guess this is the False Wolf Spider Zoropsis spinimama, I would be grateful for your confirmation.False Wolf Spider Egham close-up Copyright: Janet Hales
Fri 7th May 2021 11:42 by Michelle Gray
Is she a False Widow?
False Widow lodger Copyright: Michelle Gray

This lovely little lady has been living in the corner vent of my bathroom window for quite some time now. She only comes out at night. The only problem is that she gave birth last year to hundreds of spiderlings, they were all over the bathroom! I don't mind her sharing our bathroom but my children are very concerned that we will have another spiderling incident.. Can I relocate her safely in any way? She is very difficult to catch because as soon as I go near her, she retreats into the vent. I don't want to harm her in any way. This is in Bedfordshire, UK, MK428QU. 07/05/21

Fri 7th May 2021 10:15 by Leigh-Ann Jones
Spitting Spider?
Spitting Spider - Scytodes thoracica - Cottage loft 07052021 Copyright: Leigh-Ann Jones

Found in my loft - used Google Lens to find out what it was, just here to get confirmation from you knowledgeable people, but can't add it to any of the species groups as minimal spider knowledge.

Thanks. LJ


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