melheyworth's picture

Is this a false widow?

Observed: 23rd October 2013 By: melheyworthmelheyworth’s reputation in Invertebrates

Spider found in my stores stockroom in Blackpool England

Species interactions

No interactions present.


Rich Burkmar's picture

Would need confirmation

Looks good for Steatoda grossa, but it would need confirmation under a microscope to be sure. Do you identify spiders? If not, and you would like to have it confirmed, you can send it to me. If you'd like to do that, let me know. It's a good record if it is Steatoda grossa.

Rich Burkmar

melheyworth's picture

Thanks for the reply. I do

Thanks for the reply. I do love spiders but I don't identify them. Just thought it looked unusual. It's still in there somewhere, not seen it since.

mattprince1969's picture

Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother

I don't see how this could be anything other than s.grossa. The pattern is A1 classic for that species.

Would bet a limb on it ;)

melheyworth's picture


thank you for your reply - what is the current distribution for this species do you know?

mattprince1969's picture

Pretty widespread

Here's the Spider Recording Scheme page for this species:-


melheyworth's picture

thanks Matt it's fascinating

thanks Matt it's fascinating to see how it's spread