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Mon 25th July 2022 16:10 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Zo, Peter Harvey and I both think this is a Zygiella species, possibly a youngster. For more information, see the BAS factsheet No. 6 at: I hope this helps. Geoff
Mon 25th July 2022 15:07 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Craig, as I think I said before, this is likely to be C. blattea but I can't see the tubercle on the small images sent. Can you send the highest res. photos to me at: I'm not being awkward, just keen to get the ident right! Geoff
Mon 25th July 2022 14:57 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Emily, the red 'lumps' are mites. Some are indeed parasitic but others are using the spider merely as a means of moving around (a process called phoresy). Geoff
Mon 25th July 2022 14:54 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Guy, probably Salticus scenicus although it could be S. cingulatus (I have little experience of the latter and thus no real 'feel' for the differences). For more information see factsheet 10 at: Geoff
Mon 25th July 2022 14:48 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Sarah, sorry three posts. You are right about the possible Xysticus bifasciatus - impossible to identify it for certain from a photograph although it is found in that neck of the woods. Needs a mature specimen under a microscope. Geoff
Mon 25th July 2022 14:43 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Sarah, thanks for your two posts. Re. Meta, yes, almost certainly M. menardi in Scotland - lovely egg sacs. Your Larinioides is most likely L. cornutus although it is impossible to say for sure from the epigyne image. Geoff
Mon 18th July 2022 12:32 by Sarah Dalrymple
Cave Spider in Fife
I was tidying an outbuilding at our property near North Queensferry, in Fife (NT135817) and found these two spiders and egg sac under a scrap piece of wood. The ever-helpful BAS twitter account identified them as Cave spider Meta menardi.

Meta menardi in outbuilding in Fife 1 Copyright: Sarah Dalrymple Meta menardi in outbuilding in Fife 3 Copyright: Sarah Dalrymple Meta menardi in outbuilding in Fife 2 Copyright: Sarah Dalrymple

Sun 17th July 2022 18:03 by Sarah Loving
Possible Larinioides cornutus on Skokholm Island
There were at least 3 of these spiders on 11th July around the buildings on Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire (grid ref SM738051). I tried to take photos of the underside to show the epigyne (photos 2 and 3) in the hope that a definite ID might be possible, but I'm not sure if the photos are clear enough. Thanks for your help.

Possible L cornutus Skokholm 1 Copyright: Sarah Loving Possible L cornutus Skokholm 2 Copyright: Sarah Loving Possible L cornutus Skokholm 3 Copyright: Sarah Loving

Sun 17th July 2022 17:35 by Sarah Loving
Possible Xysticus bifasciatus at Blackness Banks Nature Reserve
I am posting this on behalf of Huw Jones who originally posted it on iSpot (see He sweepnetted this spider on 28 June at Blackness Banks Nature Reserve, Brimscombe near Stroud, Gloucestershire (grid ref. SO878024, habitat calcareous grassland). Estimated to be 8-10mm body length. I thought it might be Xysticus bifasciatus but I expect it isn't possible to be sure from this one photo. Any comments gratefully received.

Possible Xysticus bifasciatus Copyright: Huw Jones

Sun 17th July 2022 15:49 by Mark Langley
Sat 16th July 2022 17:45 by Guy Manners
Zebra spider (April, South Cambs) for ID, please
Salticus sp 2022-04-17 Foxton Copyright: Guy Manners
Wed 13th July 2022 19:49 by Emily Inge
Does anyone know what are these red lumps are?
Spider with red lumps Copyright: Emily Inge

I found this spider in a polytunnel GU23 6PY and have never seen anything like these lumps before. Could they be parasites?

Wed 6th July 2022 15:54 by Zo Clark
I found this Spider in the Garden in Kingsway, Gloucestershire , GL2 2BF on giant willow herb that grew by itself in My Pot.  Do you know what type of Spider this is?

Very Patterned Spider Copyright: Zo Clark Very patterned Spider photo 2 Copyright: Zo Clark

Sun 3rd July 2022 22:35 by Craig McEwan
Cryptachaea blattea
*Edited 13/7/22* I was searching for small spiders in an area of long grass and wild flowers, in Glasgow Necropolis cemetery on 30th June 2022. Grid reference is NS605657.

Found a spider which I hadn't seen before and sent the best photos to the UK Spiders group on Facebook for identification. Parasteatoda simulans was mentioned first. But a secondary option of Cryptachaea blattea was suggested. Unfortunately, my photos at the time weren't the best, and I hadn't a specimen.

After 11 days of searching for another, I finally found one - kept it as a specimen and managed to get much clearer photos. Again, I asked for advice from my peers. This time, the diagnostic tubercle could be made out on one photo, and Tylan Berry helped to confirm that it is Cryptachaea blattea.

A very good find (judging by the maps in Britain's Spiders), as I can find only one other submitted record for this spider in Scotland. Well, two finds, as the abdominal markings are different the individuals I discovered. Hopefully this find will go some way to improving the existing data for this particular spider. I'll add my records on SRS, and then plead with the local council not to mow the area of long grass where I found them.

Kind regards Craig McEwan

Cryptachaea-blattea-2 Copyright: Craig McEwanCryptachaea-blattea-1 Copyright: Craig McEwan

Fri 1st July 2022 16:49 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Zo, yes, definitely that species. I'll add the record to the national database. The distribution of Mangora is interesting. It is mostly in the south east and on the south coast but with a curious extension up into Gloucestershire.  Many thanks for the record. Geoff
Fri 1st July 2022 16:44 by Geoff Oxford
Dear Irene, your spider isn't a Noble False Widow Spider. This specimen clearly has silver guanine deposited beneath the skin. Silver, as opposed to matt white, guanine deposits are uncommon in British spiders, which helps to narrow this one down. I'm sure this is Zygiella atrica, one of the Missing-sector orbweb spiders, which often has reddish patches on the 'shoulders' although in your photograph they look almost black. I hope this helps. For a factsheet on these spiders see: and look for Factsheet No. 6. Geoff

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