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Types of Spiders in the UK: List with Pictures

Spiders in the United Kingdom (UK)

There are around 650 species of spiders found in the UK. However, only some of them, most notably the false widow spider, are capable of delivering a bite that is considered deadly to humans. The largest species of spider in the UK is the cardinal spider at 12 cm leg span, while money spiders are the smallest at around 2mm. They become more visible during the autumn, though the spiders are active throughout the year.

Spiders in UK

Spiders in the United Kingdom (UK) Identification Chart

Common Spiders in the United Kingdom

Giant House SpiderGarden SpiderLong Bodied Cellar Spider

Biggest Spiders in the United Kingdom

Cardinal SpiderLong Bodied Cellar SpiderGiant House Spider

Most Dangerous Spiders in the United Kingdom

False Widow SpiderTube Web Spider

Most Venomous Spiders

Cobweb Spiders

False Black Widow Spider False Black Widow (Steatoda grossa) - The False Black Widow spider is part of the Steatoda genus and is frequently confused with the more dangerous Black Widow Spider. Known by various names, including 'cupboard spider' and 'brown house spider' in Australia, this species sometimes earns the label of a pest in certain areas.… Continue Reading >

Tube Dwelling Spiders

  • Tube Web Spider (Segestria florentina)

Hacklemesh Weaver Spiders

Amaurobius Ferox Black Lace Weaver Spider (Amaurobius ferox) - The spider realm is diverse and filled with intriguing species. The Amaurobius ferox is one such captivating specimen. In this article, we’ll delve deeper into its unique characteristics and behaviors.… Continue Reading >

Less Venomous Spiders

Cobweb Spiders

  • Mothercare Spider (Phylloneta sisyphia)

European Garden Spiders

European Garden Spider Cross Orb Weaver (Araneus diadematus) - Did you know the Cross Orb Weaver spider comes from Europe and North America? Their legs are super cool because they can spin special round webs.… Continue Reading >

Cellar Spiders

Long Bodied Cellar Spider Long Bodied Cellar (Pholcus phalangioides) - The long-bodied cellar spiders are quite interesting! Often seen in America's dark and damp spots, they have really long legs. This is why some folks call them daddy-long-legs.… Continue Reading >

Long Jawed Orb-weaver Spiders

  • European Cave Spider (Meta menardi)

Orb-weaver Spiders

Furrow Spider Size Furrow (Larinioides cornutus) - Did you know there's a spider called the Furrow spider? It belongs to the orb-weaver family. You can find them in places like North Africa, Europe, parts of Asia, and even in North and South America!… Continue Reading >

Wasp Spider Size Wasp (Argiope Bruennichi) - The wasp spider is a unique member of the orb-weaver family. Originally from northern and Central Europe, you can also find them in parts of Asia and North Africa.… Continue Reading >

  • Walnut Orb-weaver (Nuctenea umbratica)
  • Cucumber Green Spider (Araniella cucurbitina)
  • Four-spot Orb-weaver (Araneus quadratus)
  • Missing Sector Orb-weaver (Zygiella x-notata)
  • Trashline Orb-weaver (Cyclosa turbinata)
  • Cricket Bat Spider (Mangora acalypha)

Jumping Spiders

Zebra Spider Size Zebra (Salticus scenicus) - Discover the fascinating world of the Zebra Spider, a creature from the northern hemisphere with stripes like a zebra. These lively spiders don't spin webs to catch their dinner.… Continue Reading >

  • Fencepost Jumping Spider (Marpissa muscosa)

Hacklemesh Weaver Spiders

Anyphaenid Sac Spiders

  • Buzzing Spider (Anyphaena accentuata)

Funnel Weaver Spiders

Giant House Spider Image Giant House (Eratigena atrica) - Discover fascinating details about the Giant house spiders! Part of the Eratigena genus, these spiders may have a large appearance, but they're actually quite harmless.… Continue Reading >

  • Labyrinth Spider (Agelena labyrinthica)
  • Cardinal Spider (Tegenaria parietina)

Crab Spiders

  • Common Crab Spider (Xysticus cristatus)
  • Napoleon Spider (Synema globosum)
  • Green Crab Spider (Diaea dorsata)

Tube Dwelling Spiders

  • Snake-back Spider (Segestria senoculata)

Stone Spiders

Nursery Web Spiders

  • Raft Spider (Dolomedes fimbriatus)
  • Great Raft Spider (Dolomedes plantarius)

Mouse Spiders

  • Mouse Spider (Scotophaeus blackwalli)

Giant Crab Spiders

Green Huntsman Spider Picture Green Huntsman (Micrommata virescens) - The green huntsman spider is a special spider from the Sparassidae family. It's found mostly in Northern and Central Europe. They are called "green huntsman" because of their bright green color.… Continue Reading >

Money Spiders

  • Invisible Spider (Drapetisca socialis)

Hackled Orb-weaver Spiders

  • Garden Centre Spider (Uloborus plumipes)

Running Crab Spiders

  • Cricket Thief Spider (Thanatus vulgaris)

Mesh Web Weaver Spiders

Diving Bell Spider Size Diving Bell (Argyroneta aquatica) - The Diving Bell Spider is super unique! Imagine a spider that spends most of its life underwater, whether it's resting, hunting, or even laying eggs. The only time it comes up is to get some fresh air.… Continue Reading >

  • Green Leaf Web Spider (Nigma walckenaeri)
  • Common Mesh-weaver Spider (Dictyna arundinacea)

Cell spiders

Woodlouse Spider Size Woodlouse (Dysdera crocata) - Guess what? There's a spider called the woodlouse spider because it loves eating woodlice! It comes from places near the Mediterranean Sea.… Continue Reading >

  • Stripe-legged Spider (Harpactea hombergi)

Purse Web Spiders

  • Purse Web Spider (Atypus affinis)

Pirate Spiders

  • Pirate Spider (Ero cambridgei)

Wolf Spiders

  • Grey Wolf Spider (Arctosa cinerea)

Scaffold Web Spiders

  • Cavity Spider (Nesticus cellulanus)

Spiders in United Kingdom (By Region)