I believe this to be a male Steatoda nobilis, the Noble False Widow.
I agree on genus and gender, but I’d more inclined to guess S. grossa.
Oh, okay. Is that because the markings are separated spots, typical to S. grossa? I considered that but decided for S. nobilis on account of the white band on the front of the abdomen. I admit I could have done more thorough research.
I see what you mean. This S. nobilis male has a neat “double-arrow” marking rather than individual spots. I was using SpiderID’s images for ID. Whoops.
Yes, you’ve pointed out a crucial detail 🙂 .
I haven’t seen you in a while. I’ve missed you. How are you doing?
Salve amico mio! I’m so sorry I’ve left you wondering what had become of me for so long. My mother passed away few months ago, which obviously added to my obsession with spiders 🙂 . That helped me get rid of negative thoughts and guilty feelings somehow. I’ve been focusing on spiders of the Old Continent for the past few months. That’s my comfort area in terms of geography, you know. For all the rest, this site is where I really belong.
Oh, no! I am so sorry for your loss. As for delaying to answer me, it is quite all right. I understand how overwhelming it can be to try to write to people when experiencing grief or other strong emotions. My prayers are with you. Take all the time you need, amico mio. Being occupied can certainly help, yes. I was away from SpiderID for most of last year because of how completely swamped I was helping my parents take care of my 6-yo niece. It was a daunting task, overwhelming at times, but overall, I feel pretty good about… Read more »