Steatoda nobilis (Thorell, 1875)
New to Nottinghamshire in September 2016, when recorded at Attenborough NR by assistant reserve manager Tim Sexton, who provided us the lower two photographs. A second record followed quickly, when a healthy population was found at a north Nottinghamshire garden centre, where it must have arrived with stock. Now probably fairly widespread acrossmuch of urban Nottinghamshire.

One of the 'False Widow' Spiders, it has often been incorrectly blamed by the TV and Press for a number of reports of bites in the south of the country. The vast majority of these reports are completely unverified and although S. nobilis can bite if provoked, it is unlikely ever to do so. Thanks to incorrect reporting and sensationalising claims by the Media, this Spider now has an unwarranted reputation with the public.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Steatoda nobilis
 
Steatoda nobilis is usually found around the outside of buildings and houses, producing a scaffold web with a tubular retreat as in this photograph from a north Nottinghamshire garden centre.
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. NBGRC.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated November 2018

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