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I found this on my window and it must have been there for quite a while as there was another spider next to it which was its lunch and bigger than itself. I live in Devon, England

Hi, Daniel!

She’s a relatively harmless Noble False Widow Spider, Steatoda nobilis. They’re very adept at catching prey much larger than themselves, due to their tangled cobweb (also sometimes called a “tangle web”). I say “relatively harmless” because there have been reports of Steatoda venom producing similar to, but much milder than, symptoms of widow spider (Latrodectus) venom. I can’t seem to find a credible source or even cases of confirmed bites. There is a lot of speculation out there!

This article has some pretty good info. These spiders are not prone to bite- none really are- and will leave you alone as long as you do the same for them. She can be easily located outdoors, as well.

Thanks for sharing!

attreeothechoosenone:

A male spider i found at work would like an i.d. please

[Location: Colorado]

Hello!

That gangly little dude is a male Western Black Widow, Latrodectus hesperus. The male spiders’ venom is not harmful to people, but there may be females around that have attracted him. The females spend pretty much their entire lives in their webs and avoid humans whenever possible. They’re very shy and not at all aggressive unless they have an eggsac and a person gets too close/jostles the web.

Thank you for asking!

found in Fresno, Ca; mid Sept; hot dry heat.

Hi, C!

That little bugger is a male cobweb weaver, most likely Steatoda grossa. They go by the more common name of false widow spider and are harmless. He was likely out and about in search of some female company. :)

Thanks for sharing!

Asker akkrenskarin Asks:
With knees like that, it's most likely an Acanthoscurria Geniculata, the Brazilian White Knee, or possibly a Nhandu Chromatus, The Brazilian Red and White :)
spiderask spiderask Said:

Thank you! Looks like two votes for the ol’ Brazilian White Knee. :)

victorianlullaby:

spiderask:

This is not a dead spider don’t worry! someone who collects spiders gave me this shedded skin, and i’m really curious as to what species it is. About 8-10cm long and i live in the UK, but I don’t think one that large could be native:L Bit awkward to identify i’m sorry haha, thanks

Hi, Georgia!
I’m still not very good at tarantulas. So I’m going to post this and let the tarantula people (no, not humanoid tarantulas, awesome as that would be) help us out. It might be tricky, since it’s an exuvia, but I’m going to hazard a guess and say Mexican flame knee, Brachypelma auratum. 
Thanks for sharing!


this is an Acanthoscurria geniculata molted skin :) (Brachypelma auratum the FLAME KNEE has reddish marks on the patella, and not black and white stripes on the whole leg.

Hey thanks! I have other answers sent via ask I’m going to post, as well.
See how bad I am at tarantulas? 

victorianlullaby:

spiderask:

This is not a dead spider don’t worry! someone who collects spiders gave me this shedded skin, and i’m really curious as to what species it is. About 8-10cm long and i live in the UK, but I don’t think one that large could be native:L Bit awkward to identify i’m sorry haha, thanks

Hi, Georgia!

I’m still not very good at tarantulas. So I’m going to post this and let the tarantula people (no, not humanoid tarantulas, awesome as that would be) help us out. It might be tricky, since it’s an exuvia, but I’m going to hazard a guess and say Mexican flame knee, Brachypelma auratum

Thanks for sharing!

this is an Acanthoscurria geniculata molted skin :) (Brachypelma auratum the FLAME KNEE has reddish marks on the patella, and not black and white stripes on the whole leg.

Hey thanks! I have other answers sent via ask I’m going to post, as well.

See how bad I am at tarantulas? 

found this in the bathroom of my apartment. ..Currently residing in Lviv,  Ukraine.  Please tell me whether this spider is venemous

Hi, Andrew!

I can see just enough of your spider to be pretty sure he’s a ground spider, family Gnaphosidae. I’ve studied it all afternoon and evening and I just can’t get more specific. 

There are 29 species of Gnaphosidae found in Ukraine and all are totally harmless- no Gnaphosid spider has a medically significant venom.

Thank you for sharing and I’m sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

This is not a dead spider don’t worry! someone who collects spiders gave me this shedded skin, and i’m really curious as to what species it is. About 8-10cm long and i live in the UK, but I don’t think one that large could be native:L Bit awkward to identify i’m sorry haha, thanks

Hi, Georgia!
I’m still not very good at tarantulas. So I’m going to post this and let the tarantula people (no, not humanoid tarantulas, awesome as that would be) help us out. It might be tricky, since it’s an exuvia, but I’m going to hazard a guess and say Mexican flame knee, Brachypelma auratum. 
Thanks for sharing!

This is not a dead spider don’t worry! someone who collects spiders gave me this shedded skin, and i’m really curious as to what species it is. About 8-10cm long and i live in the UK, but I don’t think one that large could be native:L Bit awkward to identify i’m sorry haha, thanks

Hi, Georgia!

I’m still not very good at tarantulas. So I’m going to post this and let the tarantula people (no, not humanoid tarantulas, awesome as that would be) help us out. It might be tricky, since it’s an exuvia, but I’m going to hazard a guess and say Mexican flame knee, Brachypelma auratum

Thanks for sharing!

Shoreline washington

Hi, Paul!

That pretty lady is a Cross Spider, Araneus diadematus. As you can tell by the previous post, these spiders occur in the United Kingdom as well as the United States. She’s totally harmless and is working towards getting enough food in her before laying her eggs (which will hang out in the egg sac over winter and hatch in spring).

Thank you for sharing!

unknown spider in my brothers greenhouse, in Bradford, Yorkshire, UK.

Can you tell us what it is?

Thanks!

Hi, Janine!

I certainly can! She’s a Cross Orb Weaver, also called Garden Spider and Cross spider, Araneus diadematus. Totally harmless and one of the more visible of the medium/large-ish orb weavers, especially as summer becomes autumn.

Thanks for sharing!

This might be of interest to some of your west coast followers.  The LA County Natural History Museum is having a Spider Pavilion from Sept. 21 - Nov. 2

Information on the Spider Pavilion and a Gallery of pictures for what to expect are in the links.

There’s also a cool YouTube video about the spider pavilion here. Part of the video shows some great footage of a funnel spider grabbing a grasshopper that fell into its web, and also a large Argiope being fed a cricket.

As this museum is near the Coliseum, you probably should make sure you don’t try to visit on days when USC has its home games.

Oh cool! Thanks!