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Your False Black Widow spider pictures identified

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 20, 2013

  • A funnel web spider, or Amaurobius similis/fenestralis

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Since the furore surrounding False Black Widow spiders kicked off, several Lincolnshire Echo readers have sent in pictures of spiders found in their house.

Some thought they may have been the False Black Widow itself, but a Lincoln exotic pet expert has put minds at rest.

Jim Tweedle from JC Exotics on Rosemary Lane in Lincoln has looked at the pictures you sent in and said they are all commonly found species that are harmless.

He said some of them were garden spiders, or Araneus diadenatus and one is a funnel web spider or Amaurobius similis/fenestralis.

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Most of the pictures submitted were Tegenaria saeva or Tegenaria gigantea, which are the most commonly found large house spiders.

"At this time of year there are lots about," he said.

"People will find lots in their house because it is cold outside.

"They are not out to suck your blood or do anything like that."

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  • Wageslave  |  November 11 2013, 9:45PM

    A quick google search shows the colloquial name of Amourobius Similis to be 'Lace Weaver'.

  • SMorris_LE  |  October 20 2013, 9:51AM

    Hi JobWanted, I raised this with Jim at JC Exotics and he said that these Funnel Web spiders found in people's homes should not be mistaken for the Sydney Funnel Web spiders from Australia.

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  • JobWanted  |  October 19 2013, 5:36PM

    A funnel Web?? Honestly, have you ever seen a funnel web, one of the most toxic spiders in Australia. OOH wait, what have I said. Quick someone, hit the panic button - AGAIN!!!

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  • Pete67  |  October 19 2013, 5:05PM

    Hopefully now people will leave the poor spiders alone, or if in the house carefully put them out. They do a great deal of good (I'm still scared of the big house spiders even though I wouldn't hurt them).

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