12:43pm Wednesday 16th October 2013
BEFORE everyone runs off to squash hundreds of innocent spiders, I would like to point out that the spider photographed and published in the Guardian, October 2, is possibly one of our most common native British spiders called Xygiella x-notata.
If anyone is interested, Google this spider and compare it with the spider printed in the paper, then Google false widow spider and you’ll see that our eight-legged friend is no more a venomous spider than I am. Xygiella x-notata is abundant in Britain, especially liking to live in the corners of window and door frames, both inside and outside.
They build a distinctive orb web with one sector missing and are very hardy, happily living outside all through the winter.
In short, every home will have one, well probably lots of them.
Perhaps it would have been sensible to properly identify this arachnid before prompting spider-panic!
ELAINE PARRY Beech Drive Knutsford
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