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Gavin Hannah

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  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Weather Preferences: Snow and Cold.
  • Location: High Wycombe

Hey guys, hoping someone on here is a spider fan. Long story short, need help identifying a spider.

After reading about the False Widow Spider in Britain, I think I found a small colony on my west facing skylight.

This is the closest image on google I could find to what I found. My own images where on a phone camera and not very clear. It's the same shape, almost identical markings (Perhaps a little darker in color) and had a single dark stripe on the underside of its abdomen. It also had orange/brown banded legs. Was appx. 1. - 1.5 cm (excluding legs) Abdomen was larger compared to rest of body than in this photograph (Suggesting female).

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I found at least 8 - 10 egg sacks which I've tried to remove as much of.

Thanks guys.

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  • Location: Lower Brynamman, nr Ammanford, 160-170m a.s.l.
  • Location: Lower Brynamman, nr Ammanford, 160-170m a.s.l.

Good idea SR, more people with an interest might spot it here.

Hi IBHT - even if you're not happy with your own photos, could you post the clearest of them, please. It's difficult to i/d your spider from a picture of something similar from the web. Ta.

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  • Location: Cheddar Valley, 20mtrs asl
  • Weather Preferences: Snow and lots of it or warm and sunny, no mediocre dross
  • Location: Cheddar Valley, 20mtrs asl

Hard to determine patterns from those pics but what does stand out are the proportions of the Spider. The web shots of the False Widow and your pics have a marked difference in the size/proportion of the head to abdomen, judging from that I'd say they were two completely different spiders.

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  • Location: Near Newton Abbot or east Dartmoor, Devon
  • Location: Near Newton Abbot or east Dartmoor, Devon

Sure, they are not great, the camera is pants. You can really only get a sense of the size and shape of it.

Might help.

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  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Weather Preferences: Snow and Cold.
  • Location: High Wycombe

Thanks, still wasnt able to positively identify it as lots of those spiders look similair. I would say if it's not of the widow species then it looks damn close to it.

I read about how the false widow bites are like wasp stings and though rarely fatal, can put some people in A&E. There is also the possibility that the black widow may one day get a foot hold in the UK. There are plenty of news articles about Black Widows being imported in on goods/vehicles etc. So how many make it over and go undetected?

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