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Spider Photos - Steatoda or Steadota

There seems to be some question as to which version - Steadota or Steatoda is correct. I have found it both ways so will make mention here of this anomaly so that my viewers are aware that they may see it either way. Spiders of the genus Steadota/Steatoda belong to the spider family Theridiidae, or the cobweb weavers. Also known as Combfooted Spiders, this family includes a number of well known arachnids, including the American house spider, Achaearanea tepidariorum, and the redback and widow spiders, Latrodectus spp.. Steatoda spiders are found throughout the world, in both temperate and tropical climates. They are small to moderately small (3-9 mm) spiders with oval abdomens; they may be reddish, brownish or black, with most species exhibiting a white band at the front of the dorsal abdomen which may resemble a collar. These spiders construct a strong, irregular web, somewhat resembling the webs of widow spiders; this web is very sticky, making it a highly effective snare for hobo spiders which they are very good at catching. Steadota/Steatoda grossa, the false black widow spider  is the most well known of the Steadota/Steatoda spiders. Found in cosmopolitan areas around the world, and on both coasts of the United States, grossa is a larger (9 mm) Steadota/Steatoda which, as its common name suggests, may resemble a black widow spider (with no hourglass). Specimens can be reddish to purplish brown in colour, with pale yellow markings on the dorsal abdomen, but many specimens are so dark that these pale markings cannot be distinguished. Steadota/Steatoda grossa is a common and well known "house spider" in many areas, constructing its webs in and around buildings, rock walls, and other structures. It has long been known that the "false black widow" will ensnare, kill and prey upon actual black widow spiders in its natural habitat. The bite of the common comb footed spider causes mild local pain unlike the redback/widow spiders whose bites should be treated immediately with antivenom, especially in a young child.
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STEATODA
(Steatoda nobilis)(
Steatoda Paykulliana) (Steatoda grossa) (Steatoda triangulosa)

The false widow spiders belong to the genus, or group, called Steatoda . There are six species of Steatoda found in the UK including one introduced species, Steatoda nobilis.This group of spiders get their name because they look similar to the true black widow group of spiders, genus Latrodectus. However Steatoda are significantly less harmful to humans. Steatoda are shaped similarly to widow spiders, with round, bulbous abdomens. However, not all Steatoda species resemble widows – many have distinct coloring, and are significantly smaller than Latrodectus specimens. Some species of Steatoda actually will prey on widows, as well as other spiders which are considered hazardous to humans. In common with other members of the Theridiidae family, the Steatoda spiders construct a cobweb, i.e., an irregular tangle of sticky silken fibres. As with other web-weavers, these spiders have very poor eyesight and depend mostly on vibrations reaching them through their webs to orient themselves to prey or warn them of larger animals that could injure or kill them. They are not aggressive, and most injuries to humans are due to defensive bites delivered when a spider gets unintentionally squeezed or pinched somehow. It is possible that some bites may result when a spider mistakes a finger thrust into its web for its normal prey, but ordinarily intrusion by any large creature will cause these spiders to flee.  Some members of this genus do have bites which are medically significant in humans (such as S. grossa and S. nobilis), however bites by Steatoda species generally do not have any long-lasting effects.

S. nobilis is native to the Canary Islands but arrived in England in around 1870 through bananas sent to Torquay. In England it has a reputation as one of the few local spider species which is capable of inflicting a painful bite to humans - although this is a comparatively rare occurrence.

Steatoda Grossa - UK Steatoda Grossa - USA Steatoda Grossa - Other
Steatoda triangulosa Steatoda nobilis  Steatoda Paykulliana
Steatoda bipunctata Other Steatoda

 

False Widow Spider - Steatoda Grossa

UNITED STATES/CANADA/MEXICO

Reply: This is a false widow  - glen

22 May, 2017:
I found this outside my home in Watsonville, CA. I've looked at hundreds of web sites and can't identify it. Help?! Thank you, Sandi

 

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Reply: You are correct, this is a false widow  - glen

30 December, 2016:
Hi I have found two of these in my caravan where we live I have looked up spiders but I don't know if I am over reacting or not but I think there false widows please correct me if I'm wrong as I'm worried as I have two young children and heavily pregnant. Many thanks Charlotte

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Reply: This is a false widow  - glen

19 July, 2016:
I found this in my shed I I don't like the look of it, it's different to all the others in there. Thank you

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Reply: This is a false widow  - glen

5 June, 2016:
Hi Glen. I found this spider in my room. What is it. What should I do. In San Diego. Please let me know. Thank you!!!

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Reply: This looks like a false widow too - glen

21 May, 2016:
Hi there, I wonder if you can identify the spider in the attached photo? The main body is about 15mm in diameter, and the spider is shiny black, with white marking on top. I can't see any marks on the underside. The Web is a fairly messy funnel shaped thing that pretty much uses our entire shower window, maybe 30cm x 20cm. It doesn't seem to be concerned by me looking at it, even up close. It's definitely more active at night. Thanks a lot if you can help. Please do not hesitate to call me at any time with any questions or concerns. Best regards, Richard

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Reply: This looks like a false widow  - glen

8 January, 2016:
Hello,
Found this in my kitchen after a big rain.
I live in San Diego county, CA

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Reply: This looks like a false widow  too - glen

21 September, 2015:
Hello, we live in Central Mexico, Tequisquiapan, Querétaro,and have just found this spider. Could you please give us some help in the identification? Kind regards Alejandro

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Reply: This looks like a false widow as well  - glen

9 September, 2015:
Hi, I found this above the ceiling tile in my home above my son's basement bedroom. Wondering if this could be a black widow? I live in Michigan, USA. Thank you for helping me identify. My wife and I are a bit uneasy about it.

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Reply: This looks like a false widow  - glen

22 August, 2015:
I've been observing her for a few months. She really keeps the fly population down and she's very fast and pretty. There are some very dark males in the vicinity and there was a little one that I missed seeing out of the sack. The sack was opaque and I observed the little one growing, only one in sack.

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Reply: This looks like a false widow too - glen

1 July, 2015:
My cousin found this in her home do you know what it is? Thanks Emily

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Reply: This is a false widow  - glen

29 June, 2015:
I live in Maryland and found this in my house today and was wondering what kind it is.. Thanks, Fred

 

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Reply: This looks like a male false widow  - glen

29 June, 2015:
Wondering what kind?I live in Northern California(Sacramento).

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Reply: This looks like a false widow  - glen

29 June, 2015:
Can you help me know what spider this is please i have aracnaphobia and i have been told its a false black widow

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Reply: This is a false widow  - glen

28 January, 2015:
Hi there, I wonder if you can help me identify what type of spider this is. It has markings I have never seen before and I can’t seem to find on the internet. It fell out of a blanket we keep on the couch. We live on the South-west coast of Canada if that helps. Kind regards, Michelle

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7 January, 2015
Hi, I love your site! I am hoping you can identify this little guy. He was in a sports stadium in Anaheim, California (Southern CA) in late November and he was walking across a granite counter top near a wall. I did not see a web. He was about the size of a quarter and he did not mind at all when I approached to take a photo. Unfortunately he didn't stop moving, so it was hard to get a photo. My first thought was that he was a juvenile widow because of the body shape and the dark joints, but the colors don't match any baby widow I've ever seen. I have looked through a bunch of ID guides and I haven't been able to match him to anything. Thanks for any help you can provide! :)

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Reply: This is a false widow - glen

15 November, 2014:
Hi Glen could you identify this spider i think it is most likely to be related as a mock widow but just wanted to be sure, and what side effects would you experience from there venom and would taking an antihistamine relive some symptoms if you were bitten. Regards Marc

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Reply: This is a false widow - glen

15 November, 2014:
What spider is it???

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28 October, 2014:
Thank you for being my creepy crawling screaming like a girl bug people. I've got a couple pics i'd like to send for identification.

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28 October, 2014:
Hi! Can you please help id this spider? It was in my garden shed in the back corner under shelving on the ground. Thank you!

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Reply: Not sure where this one is from but it is a false widow - glen

15 August, 2014:
Hi, I was wondering if you could tell me what the attached spider is? I have been bitten once and have now found 4 or 5 around the house/garden. Thanks
Serena

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Reply: This is a false widow - glen

24 July, 2014:
Hi I live in BC, Canada and I was cleaning out my garage when I noticed this little bugger on the side of my tent bag. Do u know what it is? I never seen one before with its shiny copper butt that looks like it has a skull in it. It was around an inch big. Thanks.

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Reply: This looks like a false widow - glen

17 July, 2014:
What is this spider?

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Reply: This is a false widow - glen

28 June, 2014:
Found in North Carolina, United States

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Reply: This is probably a young male false widow - glen

13 June, 2014:
Dear Glen, I've attached a photo of a spider seen in my house in Eugene, OR. I've checked 2 spider books but haven't been able to identify it. I will appreciate any help you can provide. The photo was taken on Mar. 10, 2013. Cheers, Donald

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Reply: This is a false widow - glen

13 June, 2014:
I found this spider on my saddle pad. I hope the picture is useable for identification, I did not want my hand to be very close to the spider. I pulled the pad out of a locked trunk inside the barn where I keep my horse. The trunk does have a lip around it, so it is possible that the spider was not in my trunk but on the outside and I some how caught it on the pad. Or it crawled onto the pad as I was searching through my trunk.

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Reply: This is a false widow - glen

28 May, 2014:
How about these guys

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Reply: This is could be a male false widow - glen

6 May, 2014:
I found this spider in Oklahoma City in my house under the cabinets, any idea what it could be? Any help would be appreciated, thank you! 4. Hey, I live in kent UK and have a ridiculous amount of spiders in my home! Heres two I found just in this week. Can you identify them please?! Thanks Lauren

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Reply: This is a false widow - glen

1 April, 2014:
caught what appears to be a black widow spider. Problem is I'm not man enough to get her to turn over lol. On its back it has what looks like grayish arrows. Is this the little black angel of death? I live in northern Georgia. Thank you for your time and answers.

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Reply: This looks like a noble false widow - glen

21 March, 2014:
Hello, Are you able to try to identify this spider please? Thx John

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Reply: You are correct it looks like a false widow - glen

15 March, 2014:
Hi Last night I caught this spider by my bathroom light. Normally I throw them straight out, but the huge abdomen and the colouring on its back reminded me of pictures posted last summer of a false widow. Not sure if its just jumping to conclusions though... Thanks Kayleigh

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Reply: This looks like a male false widow - glen

15 March, 2014:
Hi Glen, Thank you for your fantastic website. I am hoping you might be able to provide any thoughts on the spider in the attached pictures. Normally I don't worry about spiders in the house, however this one was hanging out on my cats water bowl and I was concerned the spider might return back there with the risk of my cat getting bit near the mouth. Plus I could not recall seeing this type of spider before. I live in New England. Thank you.

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Reply: This is steatoda grossa  - glen

6 March, 2014:
Hi Glen got another picture of a spider, a bit blury. Can you tell me what kind of spider this is. Thanks Regards MIchael

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Reply: This is steatoda grossa  - glen

12 October, 2013:
Hey there, I am trying to figure out what kind of spider this is. Can you help? There are two that live in eaves of my roof located in the Bay area in Northern California. Allison

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Reply: This is a male steatoda grossa  - glen

12 October, 2013:
Hello, I frequent your site when I try to identify many of the spiders I find in my home to determine if they are venomous or not (if I should worry about my pets or not). I generally don't mind keeping them around if they are not so they can take care of any insects that wander in. One of my cats found a spider about the size of a quarter maybe under our heater (rental property; with a hole in the drywall used for maintenence of the heater itself) and I wasn't sure what kind it was so I figured I would ask the experts. I am new to the west coast (San Diego/Spring Valley, CA area) and am a little unfamiliar with the species they have here. I hope the picture came out ok- the little guy/gal wouldn't stay still very well. I could not see it's web either, otherwise I would have sent a pic of that as well. Thanks a bunch, I look forward to hearing from you!! Logan 

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Reply: This is a steatoda grossa too - glen

13 April, 2013:
Hey Glen, I live in Fresno, Ca and as I was drying off a spider hiding in my towel bit me twice then the bites swelled up immediately .. I was wondering if I should be concerned about this bite? Any help is greatly appreciated

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Reply: This is probably a male steatoda grossa too - glen

13 April, 2013:
I live in the Antelope Valley (Northern Los Angeles). The spider was found in my house we were not able to find its web. Thank you for your help and time.

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Reply: This is probably a male steatoda grossa - glen

13 April, 2013:
The other night while dozing off i felt the presence of something on my neck and sure enough, much to my dismay, it was this spider. Killed it. A few days later, i found it's twin hanging out by the door frame. I live in the San Fernando Valley, California (Southern Cali). Who is this little fellow? I'd like some info on this little neck crawler. Thanks!

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15 November, 2012:
Steatoda bipunctata?? Hey, Doing a search on the internet I came across your site! I found a kind of nasty looking spider in my basement bedroom in the corner between the wall and window. I live on Long Island in Mastic Beach, NY (we also just had a pretty crazy hurricane). Anyway, I tried my best to identify this guy in the attached pictures, but I've had no luck. I was hoping an expert, like yourself, might be able to help me out! Regards, Jared

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15 November, 2012:
Found in Terrace BC October 2,2012 in my home

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Reply: It's a false widow - glen

4 November, 2012:
Hi, I saw this spider when I was getting ready to go under my house in Washington state. I've not seen one like it before.

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Reply: It's a false widow - glen

21 October, 2012:
What kind of spider would this be .we have a lot here in wyoming

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Reply: This is a false widow spider   - glen

15 August, 2012:
Hi! I found this guy in my garage in the corner of a window frame. I’ve never seen it move more than a few inches. I am writing from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I have a toddler and store many of his outdoor toys near by.....is it dangerous? If so, what should I do? Thanks, Melanie

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Reply: This is looks like a false widow spider   - glen

22 June, 2012:
Hi Glen, I've attached a photo of a spider I am looking for identification on. This was found several feet inside of a dark cave located in New Jersey, USA. I'm not sure what it is, can you identify this? - Paul

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Reply: It is a false widow  - glen

31 May, 2012:

Hello A couple years ago, I sent you some photos I took of a battle between a huge unidentified spider and a lizard of some kind. ( Here is a link to those photos http://gallery.mac.com/edbruder#100211&bgcolor=black&view=grid ) I am visiting my family in Northeastern MA, and I found this spider (photo-6&8) in the window sill, this morning, in the light. It had been building a very disorganized web between the screen and the sill. I thought it had the shape of a male black widow. We captured it and await your thoughts on what it may be. There are little children in the home and finding this has somewhat freaked out my sister in law. Thanks Ed

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28 November, 2006:
I can't seem to identify it. I found it in my bathtub after being out of town for a week. I'm in Kalispell, MT. Any ideas?

 

OTHER PLACES/UNKNOWN

Reply: This is a false widow  - glen

6 May, 2014:
. I found this one on a web in my house, eating another spider… Any help would be appreciated! Thanks Tyler .

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Reply: It looks  steatoda grossa, also called a false widow spider  - glen

6 March, 2014:
Hello! I found this spider on the island of Crete in Greece, and I was wondering if you could figure out what kind of spider it can be, since it's a spider I've never seen on this island before. Feel free to use the photo on your website if you wish! Best wishes, Angelo

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Reply: It looks like the Mozambique version of steatoda grossa but I'm not positive  - glen

12 October, 2013:
Hi, I was hoping you could help me in identifying a spider that we encountered in Mozambique. I have searched through the internet and couldn't find anything like it. She was in her nest in a tree when one of the mozambique residents tried to kill her by throwing her and her male into water. I put them in a bottle after they "drowned" to take a photo, but after about half an hour they both woke up - to my surprise. I set them free eventually. I would just like to know what type of spider this is, how poisonous they are etc. I would appreciate if you could help me. P.S - the female has a red heart shape on her chest, and the male has a yellow shape under his chest.

 


 

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Reply: This is  steatoda grossa  and it may have caused your blister - glen

12 October, 2013:
I found this Spider trapped in my bath tub but I haven't been able to identify it. I think it might be what bit me and caused I blister. Do you recognize it? -Dennis

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Reply: This is  steatoda grossa  - glen

12 October, 2013:
How about this guy that my cat was playing with today? Looks like male widow to me? Hopefully you can zoom and get good look at the shriveled abdomen and pale hourglass on the under side.

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Reply: This is  steatoda grossa  - glen

12 October, 2013:
Thank you. Looks like a match. I am now struggling to ID another one I found running in my driveway tonight.

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Reply: This is a male steatoda grossa  - glen

12 October, 2013:
We've got plenty of wolf spiders, and brown and black widows. Never seen this one though. Any ideas. Poisonous? Was In our finished basement hanging out in a corner. Rob

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Reply: This is probably the Indian version of a steatoda grossa  - glen

14 April, 2013:
I am from andhra pradesh,india. I saw a spider and am curious to know abt it. Its a small mug. The black spider.

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Reply: In Australia, these are called brown house spiders but they are steatoda grossa - glen

14 January, 2013:
Hi, Just wondering if you could please help me identify this spider that now has a family of hundreds. I live in Sydney, Australia, and they have set up a healthy population in my worm farm. I've tried to take photos of all the different sizes, from baby to adult including the egg sac. Really hoping they are not in the Redback family!! Cheers, Sophie

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15 November, 2012:
Found in Terrace BC October 2,2012 in my home

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Reply: No, this is a false widow - glen

8 September, 2012:
Biggest Widow ive ever seen!

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Reply: This is a false widow spider   - glen

19 August, 2012:
Hi Glen I got it on some white paper and took a shot from above without the glass. Hope this one is better quality! Thanks again Glen, Jay

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Reply: This is a false widow spider   - glen

15 August, 2012:
Hi! I found this guy in my garage in the corner of a window frame. I’ve never seen it move more than a few inches. I am writing from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I have a toddler and store many of his outdoor toys near by.....is it dangerous? If so, what should I do? Thanks, Melanie

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Reply: This is like a false widow spider   - glen

25 June, 2012:
thank you for responding! do you think you can also identify this one? we found eggs that look like little cotton balls all over underneath the couch.

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Reply: This is looks like a false widow spider   - glen

5 June, 2012:
I found this spider in my bathroom, could you possibly tell me what it is and if its poisoness? Thank You, Tara

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Reply: This is looks like a false widow spider   - glen

7 May, 2012:
Glen, I woke up this morning and found this little guy in my bath tub. I've seen others like this spider in my house before. However, given it's overall appearance I try not to get too close just in case they happen to have a nasty bite. I know this spider is not a recluse because it doesn't have that tell-tale violin shape on it's back. I was wondering if you could help me out on this. Thanks. Sincerely, Adam

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Reply: This is looks like a false widow spider   - glen

7 May, 2012:
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Reply: This is looks like a false widow spider   - glen

7 May, 2012:
Hi, Can you help with the type of spiders for these two pictures? thanks! Megan

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12 April, 2012:
Hi there, I trust you are well. I hope you can assist me. I found your website and thought you would be the relevant person to email considering how much info you have on your site about spiders. I am curious to know what kind of spider I found. Please see attached photo. I cleaned the photo up to try and get flash glare etc off the spider. It is dark brown and has 4 white dots on its back. It is shiny. It is about the size of an American Quarter, maybe a little bit smaller. I found it in my wine cellar underneath one of my wooden shelves. It is dark in there all the time except for when the light is on. It is dry in the cellar (I thought it may be useful explaining the conditions in which it was living). If you could please help me out I would be very grateful. Kind regards, Blake

Reply: I think this is a Steatoda similar to this photo - Laura

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11 March, 2012:
What kind of spider is this?

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Reply: This is looks like a false widow spider   - glen

21 January, 2012:
Attached is an image of a spider, can you tell me what kind it is and if it's poisonous? Thanks Todd

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Reply: This is a false widow  - glen

16 September, 2011:
Hey, saw this spider some time ago, and took some pictures, any idea what type it is? Was quite pretty.

 

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Reply: This is some sort of steatoda but can't see the top of the abdomen to be sure which one   - glen

7 August, 2011:
I found two spiders in the last week outside of my door. I live in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada and I sure am NOT used to seeing spiders bigger than my thumb. (it's body) The first spider was dark-dark brown. I could have swore it was a tarantula in my shock. It also had 3-4 lighter brown bands around it's legs. And it's way bigger than I have seen outside of an terrarium. The second spider was less impressive. It was still a bit larger than we are used to in this part of the world so I took a picture. When I saw the picture full size it also had light brown bands around parts of it's legs. It's shape didn't look like the first one I found. ( the tarantula guy ) but it looks more the SHAPE of a black widow. Very large and round abdomen. I only mention it because it kinda made me think it's a female version of the hairy one I found, or maybe it had a haircut. The second one also had spikey- things on it's legs. Wondering if anyone could help out. Thanks, Logan.

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Reply: This is looks like a false widow spider  - glen

12 April, 2011:
Please could you identify the spider I found in my garden (UK). Many Thanks Sarah

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Reply: This is looks like a false widow spider too  - glen

6 April, 2011:
Hi Glen, We have this spider in our window, between the glass and the screen. The body shape reminded me of the widows, but it's not black, and since we're in PA, I think we're too far north for the brown widow. It also doesn't seem to have a distinct hourglass shape. We've also seen some spiders inside that look similar to the widow males, but I haven't been able to get photos of them. Any thoughts? Thanks! ~jen

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Reply: This is looks like a false widow spider too  - glen

28 February, 2011:
She's been living in our orchid since we moved it in, back in November. The orchid is blooming now! Spider seems quite happy. Is this a Steadoda? If so, what's your guess on the sex and sub-species? Thanks! Sue in Michigan

Reply: This is some sort of steatoda but can't see the top of the abdomen to be sure which one   - glen

7 August, 2011:
I found two spiders in the last week outside of my door. I live in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada and I sure am NOT used to seeing spiders bigger than my thumb. (it's body) The first spider was dark-dark brown. I could have swore it was a tarantula in my shock. It also had 3-4 lighter brown bands around it's legs. And it's way bigger than I have seen outside of an terrarium. The second spider was less impressive. It was still a bit larger than we are used to in this part of the world so I took a picture. When I saw the picture full size it also had light brown bands around parts of it's legs. It's shape didn't look like the first one I found. ( the tarantula guy ) but it looks more the SHAPE of a black widow. Very large and round abdomen. I only mention it because it kinda made me think it's a female version of the hairy one I found, or maybe it had a haircut. The second one also had spikey- things on it's legs. Wondering if anyone could help out. Thanks, Logan.

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Reply: This is looks like a false widow spider too  - glen

6 April, 2011:
Hi Glen, We have this spider in our window, between the glass and the screen. The body shape reminded me of the widows, but it's not black, and since we're in PA, I think we're too far north for the brown widow. It also doesn't seem to have a distinct hourglass shape. We've also seen some spiders inside that look similar to the widow males, but I haven't been able to get photos of them. Any thoughts? Thanks! ~jen

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Reply: This is looks like a false widow spider too  - glen

28 February, 2011:
She's been living in our orchid since we moved it in, back in November. The orchid is blooming now! Spider seems quite happy. Is this a Steadoda? If so, what's your guess on the sex and sub-species? Thanks! Sue in Michigan

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Reply: This is looks like a false widow spider - glen

13 December, 2010:
Hello, I'm not sure who could best help me to identify this spider but I just found it in my house underneath a small bookcase.  It initially looked similiar to a black widow but I know it definitely does not have the distinguishing hourglass marking and black color. Any ideas? Thanks, Dan, Sacramento, Ca 95843

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Reply: This could be a false widow spider too. - glen

20 September, 2010:
Hi. Any idea what this is? It was found in Southeastern USA.

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Reply: This is also probably one of the steatoda varieties, often called false widow spiders. - glen

31 August, 2010:
Hello, Which spider is this? I caught this on our front porch here in Gilbert, AZ. Thank you! Mark

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14 August, 2010:
Hi Glen. I've been looking at your website and thought I would email you to see if you can help identify some spiders. Spiders and I are not really friends. They're mostly friendly but like a lot of people, my initial instinct is extremely negative. I do know they're beneficial though so I'm trying to learn to tolerate them. They only really bother me when I find them in places where I am or my animals are a lot of the time. Spider2 and Spider3 were both found in our sunroom/patio where the dogs spend a lot of time, including nighttime. I'm pretty sure Spider1 is a wolf spider. I stumbled upon tons of them in our backyard this week when I went out at night with a flashlight. I included a picture of the yard with their eyes reflecting back at me (difficult to catch a picture of with my camera). I'm tempted to say Spider2 is a wolf spider also, because of the reflective eyes, but this spider was up in a web on a string of lights in our sunroom. There is one picture where the flash washed the spider out but caught the web, so I'm including that one. When I blew on the spider to get it to move (to see if I could get a different angle picture) s/he scurried into the nearby light fixture it looks like it's been hiding in. Both Spider2 & Spider3 are small, definitely no bigger than a dime. My father-in-law says Spider3 is a brown widow. I looked at pictures of those on your site but can't say definitively that I agree with him. Just in case, we did remove it from the room. I got a stick and brought down the egg sac you see in one of the pictures of Spider3; it was not spiny/spiky like the brown widow egg sac is supposed to be, so I just don't know. We live in a smaller town about 30 minutes east of San Antonio and an hour south of Austin in Texas. We live in our own house in a neighborhood, not in a condo/apartment and not in the country. Thank you very much for any help you can provide! Jessica

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Reply: This is a false widow spider - glen

24 June, 2010:
Taken in California. Red Bluff, June 22, 2010. What kind of spider is this? In our back door's screen. I assume it's of the widow family. Is it as dangerous as the typical black widow spider? Thankyou in advance, Renee

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24 May, 2010:
Hi I'm in New Jersey about an hour away from New York city...the other day I saw this black spider near the floor behind the bathroom door...I was paranoid it was a black widow but couldn't get a view of it's under belly where the hour glass is suppose to be...tonight I was getting ready for bed and again near the floor in the corner on the other side of the door was what looks like the same kind of spider....my camcorder has a picture feature but I had to get a flashlight to light it up a bit....but then zooming is causes the camera to be shaky...can you by any chance identify the spider in these pictures? Scared to death that it's a black widow. Will anything like raid kill these? There was one like this in the shower once and my husband used a sheet of paper and a plastic dome to trap it...that one is in the fourth pic..."IMG_0155.jpg". I keep getting told these are just ...black spiders but they look kinda like black widows to me..just cant see the underbelly... Please get back to me on this as we're not sure what to do when we see it...and if the one that was caught under the dome is a black widow I'll have to get angry at my hubby for going near it lol. Thanks! Krista

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3 May, 2010:
Frederick, MD Found in on the outside of house window 4/30/2010

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21 August, 2009:
Hi, we stayed in a cabin in Utah, and these spiders were everywhere... the body type seemed similar to that of a black widow, but the abdomen is different. Do you have any idea? Thanks -Stacy

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Reply: Looks like one of the steatoda family

3 June, 2009:
Hi. I live in Connecticut, USA. We found this spider the other day in our house. We have no clue what it is, but it is definitely something we haven't seen before. It is brown/black in color. The head & body together measure about 1/4" with a total overall length of 3/4". I came across your great website in trying to find out what kind of spider it is. Can you help with identifying what it is? Thank you. Regina L.

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