Parasteatoda tepidariorum (C.L. Koch, 1841)
An introduced spider, which is largely confined to warm buildings and especially greenhouses. The increase in garden centres has no doubt helped in its spread. Females of Parasteatoda tepidariorum are distinctly larger than those of Parasteatoda lunata (formerly Achaearanea lunata) and sit openly in the middle of the web, with no evidence of a retreat. We found this spider to be quite common around the frames of the Tropical House at Woodthorpe Grange in Nottingham in September 2013. The spider is also known from indoors sites at Clumber Park, the Dukeries Garden Centre near Worksop and outdoors at King's Mill Hospital.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Parasteatoda tepidariorum
 
Parasteatoda tepidariorum habitat at King's Mill Hospital. Several sub-adults (above two photographs) were found in the wall recesses in October 2016.
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton.

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Updated January 2022

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