This is a female Micrommata ligurna. The males have more black on their backs. https://spiderid.com/spider/sparassidae/micrommata/ligurina/
Great, thanks! I’m not sure how I update the name on the report?
That’s the job of a Site Moderator. Unfortunately our moderator is busy with home-schooling due to the pandemic. I don’t have the controls or enough fellow volunteers to do it myself. Eventually we’ll get them done. 🙂
Fair enough, let me know if there’s anything I can do
Aww, thanks! If you have knowledge or interest in spiders in your region I could use any amount of help with keeping up with identifications to any taxon. If you aren’t sure (technically we’re guessing with photo Ids) a question mark after an answer shows that. I promise to not get mad about any mistakes. I appreciate the help of everyone who contributes. No one needs my permission, I’m just a volunteer too. Thank you!
I’ll keep my eye out. There’s plenty around her… My girlfriend is quite arachnophobic, but I’m bringing her around… Slowly.
What’s your opinion on handling these spiders? (Including orb Weavers as there’s a few of them about to)
They are very unlikely to bite. Almost all spiders reserve biting humans for self-defense because we can easily win a brawl with them. Spiders are pained by pressure against their bodies. They have senses that we don’t have including ability to calculate barometric pressure for some circumstances. Many species leave their siblings by flying (“ballooning”). It was first noted in science by Charles Darwin when a spiderling appeared on The Beagle when it was miles from land. The point is, they don’t want our skin pressed against them or to feel trapped by it. It’s okay to let spiders crawl… Read more »