False widow Spider Steatoda nobilis

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Length 15-25 mm

Phenology Males are mature in the summer and autumn, the females probably throughout the year.


AKA Noble False Widow spider - adults - both sexes are usually larger than both Steatoda bipunctata and Steatoda grossa - the body length of an adult female false widow spider is around 15 millimetres, males are a little smaller. Maximum leg length of both sexes is about 25 millimetres.

The abdomen is usually reddish and there is nearly always a distinct cream or whitish band around the front of the abdomen.but can be variable in ground colour Some paler markings are also present on most specimens.

Life History It constructs a scaffold web that differs from others of the genus in the exceptional strength of the silk and in the tubular retreat that is at least partly concealed in a deep crack or hole.

Habitat Found around man made structure such as homes and shops , conservatories, public toilet blocks, garages and sheds.


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