stmichaels's picture


Observed: 18th October 2013 By: stmichaels

This spider was found at the entrance of our school. It appears to have a skull shape on its back. Does anybody know what type of spider it is?

Species interactions

No interactions present.


Rich Burkmar's picture

Media hype

To be sure about it's identity, this would need to be examined under a microscope.

Don't believe everything you hear about the Noble False Widow. See these links for some balanced facts about it:

Rich Burkmar

AlanS's picture


Thanks for these links. Very useful and informative. The probable Steatoda bipunctata that currently lives in my bathroom can remain undisturbed for a while longer. Of course, I may change my mind if it rushes out from its current hiding place, leaps upon and bites my exposed, bare feet and my leg subsequently falls off.

But I am puzzled. One of our national dailies did devote its front page to the invasion of "flesh-eating spiders". I am sure they wouldn't distort the truth, just to sell newspapers. Surely not!


dennis trunecka's picture

Steatoda nobilis

Every year there are more than a dozen of these spiders in my sheds and garden. They are not aggressive and I am quite happy for them to walk over my bare arm. Of course I would expect them to bite if I attacked them. My wife is careful when she removes them from the house but she likes them too.

stmichaels's picture

Thank you for your comments

Thank you for your comments and identifications. I think they have come into notice as they have been on the news a lot recently, they've probably been around the office windows for a while! I've been noticing more and more of them, all slightly different, I will look at those websites