Scientific name: Steatoda paykulliana
Size: Up to 15mm
Distribution: So far confined to areas around Plymouth and Tilbury Docks in Essex. Native to southern Europe, north Africa and west Asia
Months seen: All year round
Habitat: hides in cracks in the ground and under stones
Food: Small invertebrates
Special features: This is a relative newcomer to the UK. It is often accidentally imported with produce from the Mediterranean, especially grapes, but so far it only seems to be established in locations close to Tilbury Docks, Essex.
As with all the other "False" Widows, it lacks the red hourglass marking found on a real Black Widow. It can be recognised by the stripes on the abdomen which may be red, yellow, orange or white.
Amphibians, Bats, Badgers, Beetles, Birds, Birds of Prey, Bumble Bees, Butterflies, Caterpillars, Cave Spiders, Creepy-Crawlies, Deadly Spiders, Dolphins, Dragonflies, E-Postcards, Extinct Wildlife, False Widow Spiders, Freshwater Life, Frogs, Fungi, Garden Spiders, Gift Shop, Glow-Worms, Grey Squirrels, Hedgehogs, House Spiders, Ladybirds, Lizards, Longworth Mammal Traps, Mammals, Marine Mammals, Marine Wildlife, Moths, Newsletter, Newts, Owls, Reptiles, Photography, Seals, Scorpions, Shop, Snakes, Spiders, Swans, Toads, Trees, Wasp Spiders, Whales, Wild Flowers, Wildlife Hospitals