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Tue 22nd February 2022 14:08 by Stuart Palmer
Fascinating, thank you!


Tue 22nd February 2022 10:19 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Stuart, Your spotty spider is Steatoda grossa (the Cupboard Spider), a close relative of the Noble False Widow Spider Steatoda nobilis. Juvenile S. grossa have this lovely spotty pattern, which is often retained to some extent in maturity but in mature females especially, the spots can disappear to leave an almost completely black spider. I suspect your specimen is a well-grown juvenile. I'll add the record to the national database. For more information see:

The second, larger spider is Amaurobius ferox (the Black Laceweb Spider).This the somewhat less common relative of the two other Amaurobius species. It tends to prefer darker, damper habitats than the other species.

Mon 21st February 2022 08:53 by Stuart Palmer
Hi all,

My son found this spider in our house over the weekend and wondered what species it is. The abdomen was approx 5mm long. Our location is RH19 1SF.

We thought it might be a false widow but the colours have thrown us off the scent!

East Grinstead spider found in house Copyright: Stuart Palmer

I also later found this beauty in the garage, same species? This one was much larger, abdomen approx 13mm long

East Grinstead spider found in garage Copyright: Stuart Palmer

Tue 15th February 2022 16:00 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Alan,

I suspect your 'jumper' is more likely to be Hypositticus pubescens, a not uncommon species up in our neck of the woods (I'm in York) and one strongly associated with buildings.


Tue 15th February 2022 15:54 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Rebecca,

This is a Noble False Widow Spider Steatoda nobilis, which can be really beautifully coloured. The factsheet at: will provide more information.


Tue 15th February 2022 15:51 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Philip,

Apologies for the late response. Your spider looks like a very pale Noble False Widow Spider Steatoda nobilis, which are usually darker than this. If you have them in your house, they will be outside in the garden too and so removal will only be temporary. This factsheet will provide more information:

I hope this helps, Geoff

Mon 14th February 2022 14:48 by Alan Draper
Pseudeuophrys lanigera ??
This is my first post and I am pretty new at this spider ID game, so any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Can anyone confirm that this is Pseudeuophrys lanigera?

UK grid Ref:SE220820, Masham N. Yorkshire. HG4 4NX. 30th May.

1st post Copyright: Alan Draper

Sat 12th February 2022 17:06 by Rebecca Munro Stearn
Help with identifying spider in Banbury

Spotted this beautiful spider in the corner of Coffee#1 in Banbury this afternoon. Anyone know what it is?



Date: 12.02.22 Coordinates: 52.0624396, -1.3346290

Unknown spider Market Place Banbury Copyright: Rebecca Munro Stearn

Thu 3rd February 2022 19:43 by Philip Veater
Help with ID
Family in Conservatory Copyright: Philip Veater

I have several of these spiders living (differing sizes) in my conservatory. I thought they might be a False Widow? Can anyone help with identification? They've been there for some time I just leave them alone but I wondered if I should be relocating them!

The location is NG5 8DD Photo was taken 3/2/22 at 19:30


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