Parasteatoda tepidariorum

    Alternative names
    Glasshouse spider
    American House Spider
    Achaearanea tepidariorum

    Achaearanea tepidariorum and Achaearanea simulans are near-identical species which cannot be told apart except by DNA analysis. However, the two species have different habitats (see below) Adult Achaearanea tepidariorum are larger (5 to 7 mm) than adult Achaearanea simulans (2 to 5 mm). They are quite distinctive with a teardrop-shaped abdomen much higher than the carapace. Our determinations to species level are based on adult size and the habitat in which the spiders were found, and not on DNA analysis.

    Identification difficulty

    Achaearanea tepidariorum is an introduced spider, which, in Britain, is largely confined to warm buildings and especially greenhouses. The similar Achaearanea simulans is found outdoors in a wide range of habitats but rarely if ever indoors. 

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Uncommon and local in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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