Types of Spider

Spiders are dreaded by many, but their 'kind' is found in abundance throughout the British countryside and cities with over known 600 species  and the most common places to run into spiders are in the gardens and even inside the home settings.

Therefore, it may be useful to read a guide on several of the most popular types of spiders found in the UK.

Two of the most populous spiders that are likely to run across by humans on a daily basis are the house spiders and the garden spiders.

  • A house spider lives in sheltered locations such as bushes, houses, garages, and sheds. This spider runs across the shower; such kind is large in size with hairy legs that extend a long way out.
  • The garden spider on the other hand, is much smaller and sticks mainly to the outdoors. It is a spider that is most likely the 'culprit' for the webs in the garden and is noted by orange-red markings across its back. One can recognize by the white dots that mark the centre of its back.

Furthermore, here are other types of spiders:

  • One of the most recognizable spiders in the UK is the Daddy Long Legs spider, which is easily recognized by its super long legs (not to be confused with the daddy long legs, crane fly). It is usually found in sheltered locations such as out-buildings and sheds and is only seen in areas of Southern England. Ironically, while the spider has super long legs, it is not a very large spider since its body is quite small.
  • Near water it is very common to see the large jawed orb web spider hanging on vegetation. It is known for its ability to spin a web at a unique angle and reaches on average about ten millimetres. It has a large jaw, long body and legs, and has a dull light brown colour.
  • The Nursery Web spider may get its name due to the fact that it resembles the typical spider that one may find adorning the pages of nursery stories. It is found in areas with plenty of vegetation and spins a web, which uses to hold its young much like a playpen. It is also notable for the fact that the female carries its egg sack underneath her body.
  • One of the newest spiders found in Britain is the wasp spider, which is named for its bright yellow colour with black stripes across its body much like a wasp. It was first introduced during the 20th century and is not poisonous, although due to its vivid colouring many people often believe it is. One of its most notable facts is that the female eats the male while it is mating, like the black widow.
  • Finally, the zebra spider is a very small spider that is light in colour and is able to jump easily from fences to walls. The females are generally larger than males, and due to its ability to leap is most often the spider that can be found in one's hair or in one's clothing.

Spiders per se are common in everyday life and should not be dreaded because of some stories. Giving these pieces of information may help anyone realize that spiders are part of the ecosystem.