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Anyone know what this is?

  1. IzzyM profile image88
    IzzyMposted 5 years ago

    It was in an open bag of compost that I was filling pots with.

    Yuk my hand may have touched it!

    It's quite big, but not as big as shown - maybe half an inch across.

    Looks like a tick of some sort with that big swollen belly, but more likely it is a spider as it was found in compost in the greenhouse, where there are no animals, not even birds.

    This is the UK, anyone recognise it?


    http://s4.hubimg.com/u/6569183_f248.jpg

    1. Hugh Williamson profile image87
      Hugh Williamsonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      It looks a lot like a woodllouse spider. If so, they have a painful but harmless bite. As the name implies, they eat woodlice so maybe your compost has some critters in it other than the spider.

      Nice looking spider though.

    2. moonlake profile image88
      moonlakeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I will never put my hands in compost again.

    3. ptosis profile image77
      ptosisposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      go to Bug ID request online  - here's the link http://bugguide.net/bgimage/user/37935

      It for US and Canada - but maybe the folks there can steer you clear for UK Bug ID

      1. IzzyM profile image88
        IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Thank you so much for the link, but these clever hubbers  - Hugh Williamson and crazyhorsesghost already told me exactly what it was.

        woodlouse spider

    4. clairemy profile image84
      clairemyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Looks like a tic, but it has 8 legs, so must be a spider.
      Where do you live in UK?

      1. IzzyM profile image88
        IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Hi Claire, I'm in Scotland - it is a woodlouse spider, thanks to hubbers who responded earlier in this thread smile

        1. clairemy profile image84
          clairemyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Well, It can stay in Scotland, apparently they bite. Nothing nasty though.

          1. IzzyM profile image88
            IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Distribution of the woodlouse spider, according to wikipedia -


            http://s2.hubimg.com/u/6571901_f248.jpg

            Those spiders live in the green areas, which must take in an awful lot of hubbers smile

    5. jennzie profile image84
      jennzieposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I'm glad none of those live around here! I appreciate and have an interest in most wildlife, excluding spiders and most insects.

  2. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    What on Earth is a googlebot doing in your greenhouse!?!

    1. IzzyM profile image88
      IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      ROFL!!!

      Maybe it was checking me out to return my traffic lol

  3. crazyhorsesghost profile image86
    crazyhorsesghostposted 5 years ago

    It is indeed a woodlouse spider and while it has a painful bite it is not poisonous. They do get in compost from time to time especially if their are a lot of little critters in their. If your adding meat to your compost I would not. Especially in summer.

    The woodlouse spider will feed on other available small insects if the wood lice is not available.

  4. theherbivorehippi profile image84
    theherbivorehippiposted 5 years ago

    I know looks can be deceiving, but it certainly doesn't look very friendly!

  5. IzzyM profile image88
    IzzyMposted 5 years ago

    Well hey thanks guys!! I've never heard of the woodlouse spider, but yes there are loads, tons, millions of woodlice around.

    Ahh, so they do bite?

    I've got a severe but as yet unidentified allergy to the bite of some insects. Need to watch that in case it has brothers and sisters.

    Thanks a million, you've been a Godsend! I need to know these things and it would have taken me hours to find out what it was by Googling it alone.

    1. Melissa A Smith profile image92
      Melissa A Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I see these often. They are sooooo cute!

      1. IzzyM profile image88
        IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        CUTE!!!!

        Emm..no, they are ugly little critters that look kinda scarey too!

        Each to their own and all that smile

        1. Beth100 profile image85
          Beth100posted 5 years ago in reply to this

          mmm... and you can keep them across on your side of the pond.  lol

    2. Rochelle Frank profile image88
      Rochelle Frankposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      We are awaiting your hub about the Woodlouse Spider and how to tell the difference between it and a Googlebot. smile

      1. IzzyM profile image88
        IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Hey that might be fun smile

  6. donotfear profile image91
    donotfearposted 5 years ago

    Ugh...it looks repulsive.  Some spiders actually make me gag.
    Looks like a tick, too.

    1. Jesus was a hippy profile image61
      Jesus was a hippyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      You wont want one of these as a pet then?

      http://www.thespidershop.co.uk/insect/images/A_versi_main.jpg

      1. paradigmsearch profile image88
        paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        He wants to be your friend...

      2. IzzyM profile image88
        IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Now that is seriously cute!

  7. gramarye profile image61
    gramaryeposted 5 years ago

    I don't like spiders - except sandyspider hehe

  8. Daughter Of Maat profile image97
    Daughter Of Maatposted 5 years ago

    oh ick... now I have the heebee geebees! Spiders are so creepy to me. Makes me glad I don't live in the UK.

    1. IzzyM profile image88
      IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Hate to tell you, but this spider also lives along the eastern seaboard of the USA as an introduced species.

      Makes you wonder who introduced it?? lol

      1. CMHypno profile image89
        CMHypnoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Went across on the Mayflower with the Pilgrim Fathers?  I have never encountered one of these before and am in no hurry to meet one!

        1. IzzyM profile image88
          IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I'm the opposite, I want to find it again so I can take a video recording.

          HP hasn't got a woodlouse spider video, although there are quite a few on Youtube.

          Would make a good experiment to find out whether or not HP's videos really are competitive.

          1. CMHypno profile image89
            CMHypnoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Good luck with that Izzy.  Do you think that it came in on the compost or found its way in there?  If it was an import, you could always try buying another bag of compost at the same place and see if there are any more stowaways?

            The BBC says they can be found under logs, do you have a log pile?

            I generally like spiders, but this is a very strange looking one.

            1. IzzyM profile image88
              IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              The compost it was found in has a checkered history. It was a bag of good quality rose compost, can't remember the name at the moment, but it might have been John Innes.

              It belonged to a small local commercial growing company who sadly went bust, and told me to help myself to the remains of plants, compost and pots from their industrial greenhouse site, 3 years ago, or it might have been 4 years.

              These bags of compost had been stored for a long time, and were already bursting when I got them.

              They then lay in Dad's garden for a year or so, before this one got moved into the greenhouse and opened.

              It has lain there ever since, unused but open, allowing the soil at the very top to dry out, but not further down, strangely enough.Maybe there is a rainwater drip overhead.

              As this seems to be the first woodlouse spider found in this neck of the woods (I'm in Kintyre which is almost an island, so when wildlife finds its way here, it has almost certainly been imported), the question is did it come with the compost (as a baby perhaps), or did the last growers import it with plants they were growing (even from England).

              This spider was big and fat, so probably a female. Has she had babies? Was she pregnant?

              There are bound to be more around anyway.

              Need to watch out for them, and not handle compost with my bare hands.

              And no, no logs (but plenty trees), but I just found a toad in the garden too, sheltering under a black plastic sheet covering yet more bags of compost, and I'm told they like logs too.




              http://s2.hubimg.com/u/6571229_f248.jpg

              1. CMHypno profile image89
                CMHypnoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Well that's you next hub sorted - 'wildlife I found in my garden'

                1. IzzyM profile image88
                  IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  Got it sorted already smile

                  By the way, Mr Toad is actually Mrs Toad, according to what I have managed to find out about them smile

                  1. CMHypno profile image89
                    CMHypnoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    Cool, lots of little baby toads! smile

  9. brakel2 profile image85
    brakel2posted 5 years ago via iphone

    This thread is so funny. Lol. But I am scared of critters or googlebots, whatever. Stay out of compost is a lesson for day.

  10. Greekgeek profile image97
    Greekgeekposted 5 years ago

    Ooo! I and my buddy Phil -- the jumping spider with the dashing green mandibles that keeps appearing in my house -- must compliment you on an excellent spider photo.

    You know you've been writing for the web too long when your first reaction to an unusual spider is, "stay put, cutie, I need to grab my camera so I can make a webpage about you!"

    1. IzzyM profile image88
      IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      LOLl ain't that the truth!

      Jumping spiders with green mandibles sound ominous. Got a photo?

 
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