Spiders can be found almost everywhere around the globe. Non-poisonous and poisonous spiders have cousins in other areas in the world. Find out what are the 10 common spiders in the United Kingdom.
The 10 common spiders in UK are the giant house spider, orb web spider, daddy long legs spider, false widow spider, cardinal spider, zebra jumping spider, lace web spider, cupboard spider, tube web spider and the money spider.
Giant house spider
The giant house spider is one of the 10 common spiders in UK. These spiders are abundant in the autumn season since the male species are made to search for the female species. They can run very fast but only at a short span of time. They have potent venom. Giant house spiders can be found in shed, attics, cavity walls and garages.
Orb web spider
The missing sector orb web spider is known by this name since it makes an orb web with one whole sector missing. This spider can grow up to 15 mm but it is not harmful to humans.
Daddy long legs spider
The daddy long legs spiders are creepy crawling creatures with small grey bodies and long and thin legs long enough for this species to reach up to 45 mm in length.
False widow spiders
The false widow spider is UK’s most venomous spider and it reaches to a size of about 20 mm. It has dark brown body and bulbous abdomen. Its bite can cause burning or chest pains. There have been no reported deaths caused by the false widow spider.
The cardinal spider as one of the 10 common spiders in UK is considered the largest spider in UK since it can reach to an overall length of 14 cm. It is known as the cardinal spider since a 16th century legend tells that Cardinal Thomos Woolsey was terrified of this species.
Zebra jumping spider
The zebra jumping spider is a small spider reaching only about 8 mm. This spider is abundant from the spring season up to the autumn months and usually seen on external walls up to the indoors. Its venom is not threatening to the health of a bitten person.
Lace web spider
The lace web spider is usually seen in the outdoor walls and fences. It can grow to a size of 20 m. Its body includes yellow markings on its brown abdomen. The bite of a lace web spider is painful but only causes local swelling for about 12 hours.
The cupboard spider may be similar in features with the false black widow and grows up to 10 mm in length.
Tube web spider
The tube web spider is capable of making a tube shaped web for catching prey and often seen in building cranks covered with silk lines.
The money spider is the smaller UK spider and can grow up to only 5 mm in size with a leg span of 2 mm. It was named after an ancient superstition which tells that if this spider gets stuck in someone’s hair, the person will have good luck and will be wealthier.