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Any arachnologists on here? ID please

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terracottapot Thu 30-Jul-20 20:06:56

I saw a small spider yesterday running about in a plant pot and try as I might I can't find it in any of my wildlife books or when I search online.

It was small, less than 1cm long with a narrowish white/cream body and a bright scarlet head about the size of a pin. I couldn't take a picture of it, cos it wouldn't stay still long enough. And definitely a spider, I counted the legs as it ran over my hand.

Can anyone ID it from that description please?

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MitziK Thu 30-Jul-20 20:11:33

Baby Woodlouse Eating Spider.

MissHemsworth Thu 30-Jul-20 20:40:06

I second a woodlouse spider.

terracottapot Thu 30-Jul-20 20:51:58

Oh thanks, that looks very similar, although I'd have said that the proportions of head and body are different. The one I saw had a longer thin body and a smaller head than that. I wish I'd been able to get a picture before it ran off.

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terracottapot Thu 30-Jul-20 20:56:22

Aha! I just went on Wikipedia and it said that the woodlouse spider (Dysdera crocata) is very similar to the much less common Dysdera erythrina. So I looked at images of erythrina as well and that's definitely it.

Thank you!

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Feralkidsatthecampsite Thu 30-Jul-20 20:57:59

Will leave this here!!

terracottapot Thu 30-Jul-20 21:03:36

@Feralkidsatthecampsite grin

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GoshHashana Thu 30-Jul-20 22:25:21

I believe its scientific name is vile awful horror boy.

MitziK Thu 30-Jul-20 23:14:04


I believe its scientific name is ^vile awful horror boy.^

The adults are called Fucking Giant Red Bastards.

Deathraystare Fri 31-Jul-20 08:55:57

Does Terracottapot need to set fire to both her house and garden, though??

terracottapot Fri 31-Jul-20 08:56:39

It was actually very small and very cute - even when it decided to walk between my fingers...

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MitziK Fri 31-Jul-20 13:16:30


It was actually very small and very cute - even when it decided to walk between my fingers...

Aww. Baby spiders are great. Adult ones are amazing, in that 'wow, how amazingly perfect and remarkable they are' way.

Get above the size of a 5p all round including leg span and I'm a longtime fan of Social Distancing, though - I like you, you're fantastic, but keep your distance, please.

They probably feel similarly towards us - 'You're not food, I just want to set up my spot for catching flies and bugs, we can get along fine sharing this house/garden, right? Just so long as you don't keep screaming at me and throwing shoes in my direction?'

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