Picture ID 169519

Picture of unidentified spider
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  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2022
  • Photographed: Nov 20, 2022
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Preston, United Kingdom
  • Spotted Indoors: Other
  • Found in web?: No
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I think this is a cobweb spider in the genus Steatoda. They lose their markings as they age and can be difficult to identify them to species. Because this one seems quite large it might be the largest one found in the U.K. – Steatoda nobilis, the ‘noble false widow’. They get bad press but do not have the same reputation at all in their native home in the canaries. If I am wrong in my size estimation it could be one of the others in the genus.