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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 is the only steatoda known as the "false black widow" and it 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 nobilis)(
Steatoda Paykulliana) (Steatoda grossa) (Steatoda triangulosa)

The false widow spiders, Steatoda Grossa, 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

 

Triangulate Cobweb Spider - Steatoda triangulosa

Reply: Looks like steatoda triangulosa  - glen

11 January, 2017:
Hi glen, I found an entire nest of these little guys can't peg them? Possible tick spider?

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Reply: Looks like steatoda triangulosa which is related to the widow spiders  - glen

16 December, 2016:
I found this in a closet. I didn't know if it was a widow or not. Reddish orange design. Black to dark dark brown body. Thank you

Joffre

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Reply: Looks like steatoda triangulosa   - glen

6 Sept, 2016:
My brother is interested in identifying this spider, it was found on his property and would like to know what kind it is and if it is deadly.

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Reply: Looks like steatoda triangulosa   - glen

18 August, 2016:
Found this in our garage in Pennsylvania. Can u tell me what it is?

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Reply: Looks like steatoda triangulosa   - glen

23 April, 2016:
Please help me ID this spider. (Picture below) All shiny black with white spots that are sort of connected down the middle of the back. Very large plump abdomen, legs are black and brown. Definitely 8 legs. Found in my elderly, disabled mother's garage. Smallish web (about a foot or so) in the corner, very tangled and not like those beautiful symmetrical ones you see, more like a hairy clumpy mess. Stayed very still when I started messing with web to get to it (did not lunge at me as some species have!)

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Reply: Looks like steatoda triangulosa   - glen

22 Nov, 2015:
Well, shucks, I have no idea what this really is. It is as late and unlamented as Professor Moriarty. Use or enjoy as you wish. Ellen

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Reply: Could be steatoda triangulosa   - glen

8 Nov, 2015:
Hi. My name is Missy. I'm in Virginia. Can you tell me what kind of spider this is? And is it dangerous to me and my family? Thank you!

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Reply: Looks like steatoda triangulosa   - glen

20 July, 2015:
Hey there!! I am hoping you can i.d. these 2 spiders for me. We live in Slidell, Louisiana. (South Louisiana ) I have been doing spider catch and relocate today and these 2 are all over my house. Thanks for anything you can tell me. Cheri

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Reply: Could be steatoda triangulosa   - glen

20 July, 2015:
Hi, this is a late and unlamented spider incautious enough to come inside from the heat. Is it a young black widow based on its body shape. Aggressive and dead on tiny. No bigger than the letter 'n' in this sentence. Use or enjoy as you will. Ellen

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Reply: Looks like a steatoda triangulosa   - glen

22 January, 2015:
Dear Glen: Can you identify this spider? My coworker has a bad bite that dr. Thinks is a brown recluse and I'm pretty sure this spider I found in her office is NOT brown recluse but I can't identify what kind it IS. Garden orb weaver? Not sure. Please help! We live in Louisiana and the size of the spider is about a grain of rice or an early pea Thanks, Windy Rachal

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Reply: Looks like a steatoda triangulosa   - glen

22 January, 2015:
Any ideas? I'm in Georgia. I googled spider with purple markings/back/zig zag and came up with nothing. Thanks for your help!!

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Reply: Looks like a steatoda triangulosa  too - glen

18 Nov 2014:
Can you please identify this spider

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Reply: Looks like a steatoda triangulosa  as well - glen

13 Nov 2014:
Hi There: We have found this very small (less than 1/4 inch), but apparently toxic little spider in our basement. It had crawled into a pair of jeans hanging to dry on a clothes line in the basement. After wearing the jeans, five small puncture wounds and silver dollar size whelps were left on the persons (who is not allergic to insect bites) upper legs. They ached and were itchy. Two days latter, after applying a lot of hydrocortisone cream, they are starting to decrease in size. Can you help me in identifying this little fellow. Where there is one, there probably is a nest. Thanks

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Reply: Looks like a steatoda triangulosa  as well - glen

9 Sept, 2014:
Hello, I wondered if you know what type of Spider that is weaving a web around the little Wolf Spider. The on with the ball on its tail. Body wise it is approximately 3/64 of a inch so it is very small so I used a Macro Lens to get this shot. Thanking you, James Maxeiner

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Reply: Looks like a steatoda triangulosa  - glen

9 Sept, 2014:
Hi Glen, We found these two spiders one inside the house (with egg sacks) and the other one month later outside the house (beige color) in Denver, CO. We believe they are widows, can you be more specific with their identification? Thank you and we think your website is great! Please add more pictures... James and Britt

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Reply: Looks like a steatoda triangulosa  - glen

8 August, 2014:
Hi! I this is the second of these spiders I have found since spring. I hate destroying spiders but his extensive pattern scared me and I had no choice. 😢. He had spun a web at the bottom of my stairs behind the bottom stair. Can you tell me what it is in case I see it again? Sorry I couldn't get a closer shot. Thanks!

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Reply: Looks like a steatoda triangulosa  - glen

23 May, 2014:
Wondered about what type this is?

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Reply: Looks like a steatoda triangulosa  - glen

12 October, 2013:
Hi, i was hoping you can identify this spider that i just found in my garage. Thanks! 

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Reply: Looks like a steatoda triangulosa  - glen

12 October, 2013:
Hi I was wondering if you can help me identify if this spider attached is a red back or a different species? This was in my brothers shoe :S Many thanks Feel free to post it on your website regards George

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Reply: Looks like a steatoda triangulosa  - glen

12 October, 2013:
I'm in central Texas and came upon this:

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Reply: Looks like a steatoda triangulosa  - glen

12 October, 2013:
Hi Glen, could you identify this spider for me? Thanks, Ted

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Reply: Looks like a steatoda triangulosa  - glen

12 October, 2013:
Thank you! I live in Missouri. I work a graveyard shift at Columbia College and find all sorts of spiders and centipedes that feed off of an endless supply of pill bugs or rolly pollies. Your site is helping me get over my fear of spiders. My favorite find so far has been the Daring Jumping Spider, but the Wood Louse spider is also pretty cool looking. Here are a few more pics of spiders I haven't been able to identify yet. The 7 legged spider looks like a wolf spider a deformed body. I know one is a type of crab spider. The spherical ones put up webs all over the building. Thanks again for you help. Feel free to share the pics if you'd like. - Jared

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Reply: Looks like a steatoda triangulosa  - glen

12 October, 2013:
Would just like to find out what kinda spider I have..I live in el paso texas and caught this lil one under my sink. Its shed skin about 2 times now and is bigger than when I caught her (I like to think of it as a her and named her after this girl that catches you in her web and stings you then sucks the life outta ya).. Anyway my spider is the dark one..I've attached a picture I found in your site (lighter color) that looks similar and wonder if its the same one. My spider is in a small preservatives jar and she is a bit smaller than a penny. Is she dangerous? What kind is she? She's fancy huh.. ....Alex

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12 October, 2013:
Hey Glen, I've got a house in southern Indiana full of these and last night one of them decided to go for a midnight hike on my arm. Scared the bajesus out of me and I've been trying to decide what species they are all day. When I first noticed them I thought they were common American house spiders and figured I'd leave em alone to eat my mosquitoes, fruit flies and flies. But now I'm worried that they might be of the latrodectus genus and a danger to myself and my dogs. They've taken up residence in literally every nook and cranny of the house. I managed to capture one in a ball jar and snap some photos. Looking at the photos, I think they're probably just some sort of Steatoda, which would be a huge relief. But I want to be sure and a second opinion would be reassuring. What do you think? Thanks! Dan

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11 October, 2013:
We have a large amount of these spiders some have heart shapes in a single row down their back others look like this. They start of brown and turn black as they get older. We normally find them in places we have seen black widows. I was just curious if these were black widows with odd markings or a totally different type of spider

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11 October, 2013:
Something bit my son, was wondering if this could've been it.

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14 April, 2013:
Hi I live in southeast coastal ga on the border of Florida I have been finding 2 different spiders in my house one looks to be a small wolf spider but it also resembles a grass spider so I'm not really sure, they are extremely fast and seem to be scared of me and as far as I know they don't make webs they just run around on the ground but their sizes range from quarter size with its legs out to the size of my 2 year old daughters palm one was probably the size of her hand but that was the biggest ive seen of this type in the house. I have seen way bigger wolf spiders thats why im not sure thats what this is. The one pictured below I found already dead and it was rather small compared to the others I've found. I haven't been able to get a good picture of one because they are so fast.

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10 March, 2013:
Hi Glen, First, thank you for putting together your site – based on the visitor counter I am probably about 200-300 hundred of those visitors. I think we need an app that has a selector to help identify spiders. Select body type, select colour, etc... J I seem to have these around my house for the last few years, I live in Oakville Ontario. Just southwest of Toronto. She reminds me of the black widows I have seen at family in from Kentucky to the Carolinas. Attached are few photos. Including the back, underbelly and side profile. Sorry some of her legs are missing from when she tried to escape from the glass. She was living upside down under my radiator and had a super messy web. Any help identifying her would be great. Thank you in advance, Michelle

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Reply: Looks like a steatoda triangulosa  - glen

10 March, 2013:
Hi, I live in Arlington, Texas, and found this spider around my kitchen sink underneath the window. Its a small spider, around thumb nail size. I haven't found anything that looks like it. Can you identify this? Thank you, Ginger

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Reply: Looks like a steatoda triangulosa  - glen

6 March, 2013:
Hi my name is Tim. If u could help me out that would be grateful. Thanks. !

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Reply: Looks like a steatoda triangulosa  - glen

4 November, 2012:
Hello, I have found a number of these spiders in my house and have had some pretty nasty bites as well. Hard to be certain what it is, is it a northern widow? I live in northern california, i have found them in dark places like under the bed and couch, but also in windowframes and once dangling from the ceiling. They have ranged in size from tiny to about the size of a nickel including legs. this is a mid-sized one, and the first one i found. Thanks for your time!

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Reply: Looks like a steatoda triangulosa  - glen

19 August, 2012:
Your website is so helpful and informative! But I couldn't find any pictures of spiders like this one... It is small, maybe 1/4 inch?, brown, with a round abdomen with off-white diamonds running down its back. I am in Southern California, and it was in my living room, though I had recently come in from outside so I may have picked it up in the garden during the evening. Thanks for any help!

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Reply: Looks like a steatoda triangulosa  - glen

7 May, 2012:
Hi - I hope you can help me. I've been trying to identify this spider - it was found on a piece of wood that was covering a crawl space on a house in western NC. Do you know what it might be? thank you! jennifer

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Reply: Looks like a steatoda species as long as there is no red anywhere on the body - glen

7 May, 2012:
Spider found in children's playroom. Any idea? Thank you. Caroline

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16 January, 2012:
Please help me with what kind this is and any specifics of its nature of bite etc...would surely be appreciated. I posted it also to the facebook page "Spiderzrule" Thank you so much.

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14 January, 2012:
Hi Glen, I have searched the internet and am coming up empty handed on this guy. We live in North Carolina and he was chilling in our garage.
 

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20 November, 2011:
Greetings! This weekend I found a spider in my bathroom and managed to get one decent shot of it. It's got some distinctive markings I hope help to identify it. I provided the second picture so you could get a sense of its size and the type of web it has, in case that's important. Thanks for any help you can provide! ~ Julie

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11 September, 2011:
Glen, Found this fellow in my door jamb in the Texas hill country. Thought it might be a male black widow, but, i'm not so sure. Any ideas? Thanks, Keith

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26 August, 2011:
Hi- I was wondering if you could identify this spider for me. I'll attach a couple pics... I think they're pretty clear. I live in Chicago, IL. I found this on my T-shirt in my garden apartment after I got home from work. I don't think it was much larger that 1/4". Not sure what more help I can be. Let me know I guess. Thanks! Jarrod

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12 July, 2011:
one spider to ID, the others i will look on the site myself as I know I've seen this one on there.... but one I am stumped. I visited a local conservation area last year in the early spring when there was still snow on the ground... and there were these little spiders running through the snow. i got a photo of one and i was looking at it and i dont know what it is. the one in the window is a steadota? she had 4 egg sacs too the one in the snow i dont know what he is. he was small. about the same size as the steadota. also had a spitting spider and he was really cool again, these photos if you want to use them, go right ahead. your site is giving me a better interest in spiders, even though they still creep me out and i dont like them in my home. anything harmless i toss outside. had a cute jumping spider but no photos of him. thanks again :) Casey

PS most likely will send any good photos or any i spiders i'd like ID'd. theyre cool and i want to know whats around me, but good to know only the sac spiders are the only harmful spiders in my area. so makes me more relaxed about it. now i take pictures, then catch and release lol
 

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11 July, 2011:
Hi Glen, Can you please tell me what kind of spider this is? It was found on my golf bag tending to it's eggs in my Michigan garage. Please feel free to use the photo. Thank you, Brian
 

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24 June, 2011:
Hello there. My name is Sarah and I live in Ontario, Canada. I found these two spiders in my bathroom today and I was wondering what they are. Thank you for any help you can provide. The first 2 pics are of one spider and the other 3 pics are of the second spider.

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5 June, 2011:
I find this little guy near my ceiling in the computer room I've been trying to find out what kind it is. It's got connecting red diamonds in it's back and it's puzzling me. Can you help me?

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20 September,  2010:
Greetings Glen, I found your site while researching spiders found in my back yard. I really enjoyed the site, and am very impressed by the amount of information available. I have attached two images for submission to your “Spider Photos” section. I believe the first one is Steatoda Triangularis, she lives on my back door in one of the many glass panels and in the shot she has a fresh mosquito kill. I have 15 panels on each door and there is one of this species in each panel. This one in particular has been a prolific breeder, she has laid no less than nine egg sacs in the last two months! (boring technical details: Nikon D300, 105mm Nikor Micro Lens, 1 /60 sec, f/11, ISO 200) - 8/12/2010 Please let me know if you have any questions, and if you like these images I can provide others, I love studying spiders and am always adding more shots. Rick, San Antonio, TX, USA

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Reply: No it's not a widow, this is steatoda triangulosa - a false widow spider - glen

30 July, 2010:
Hoping this isn't a juvenile black widow, could you identify this one for me please? I'm in Houston, Texas and have a couple of these guys roaming inside the house. This one was found under the scale in the bathroom, another lives under the lip of the dresser. I'd really like to be sure because my fiance is diabetic and could literally loose a limb (or die) from a venomous bite, but if they are harmless I'd like to leave them be. Thank you for your help and I really appreciate all the info on your incredible web site! Sincerely, -Tony-

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Reply: This is steatoda triangulosa - a false widow spider - glen

30 July, 2010:
Hi can you tellme what kind of spider this is

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Reply: This is steatoda triangulosa - a false widow spider - glen

24 June, 2010:
To whome it may concern, I do not know what kind of spiders these are when i took pictures of them. Could you please identified these spiders for me and let me know if they are poisenous. The 3 pictures of the black/goldish color i spotted in my bedroom in the floor register. I just happen to open up the register and clean it out and i spotted the black/goldish color spider and put it in my magified glass cup. That is the closes picture i can get. And also the 3 pictures of the brown spider i spotted it in my wood pile by my bonfire pit. Could you please check those out and let me know what kind they are and the name of the spider. Thanks, John

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Reply: No this is a Triangulate Comb-footed Cobweb Weaver Spider (Steatoda triangulosa) - glen

10 June, 2010:
Hi I took these photos of this spider I found in my garage. I live in Colorado. Is this a brown widow? Is it something that I need to be concerned about? I appreciate your help.

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28 May, 2010:
Hello we ran across your website today and it seems like the authoritative website on spider identification. My brother and I found this spider today while cleaning out a garage and we think it may be a brown widow. What do you think? Every website we look at says that the brown widow is a more tropical species. We would greatly appreciate your feedback!!

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10 January, 2010:
Dear Spider Team, last week I took a photo of a spider which I had not seen before. Looking at the legs it looks like False Widow Spider, but its very pale, almost like an Albino Spider? The Spider was found inside our house in a suburb southeast of Melbourne City, VIC. With best regards, Rolf

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Reply: I can't see if it has any red underneath  either but it also looks like one of the steatoda family- glen

3 August, 2009:
I keep finding these around my house. In my master bathroom which has French doors to the back yard and also in my garage. This spider is tiny. It’s total length is probably about ¼ inch including legs. In these hard economic times, I’m really missing my monthly exterminator. I HATE spiders! Reneé

 

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Reply: I can't see if it has any red underneath but it looks like one of the steatoda family- glen

11 July, 2009:
Got a new one for you.. can you tell me what this one is?

 

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Reply: Looks like one of the steatoda family
9 June, 2009:
okies i have found these spiders all over around my house and in, they are the size of a black widow but the colouring is wrong as far as i know.. here's a few pics hoping you can find one good enough to see what they are (they all look the same just different sizes) wanna know if there poisonous or not and if soo how bad... please help!!!!

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2 April, 2008:
Hi Glen,
I don't have anything juicier than this Steadota picture that I've attached for now.

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Reply: It looks like one of the steadota family to me - glen

29 March, 2009:
First picture is the view of the spider's backside, second is a side view and third is the underside view. I am almost positive it's not a dangerous spider but after looking through countless pictures and reading descriptions for hours, I still can't come to a conclusion of what kind of spider it is. It was residing by the bathtub, and we live in north central Oklahoma in the United States. Thank you for any information you can give me! Theresa

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Reply: Looks like one of the steadota family.

12 September, 2008:
I was bitten by a spider in my basement about two weeks ago, and it continues to itch. I found several spiders like this, in addition to many cob web spiders. This spider was roughly the size of a nickel. We live in northern New Jersey. Can you please help me identify? Thank you, Doug T.

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3 July, 2008:
This little spider was in our house west of Fort Worth in Palo Pinto. I just can't get a handle on it. It is fairly small, with legs only about 3/4 inch. Unfortunately many times in our inside glue spider traps we catch brown recluses, but this is obviously different. Thank you.

28 March, 2008:

Hey there...My name is Ami and I found in my garden a spider (I attached a picture). I'll be very very happy if you could tell me what kind of spider it is... and if I should be careful around him...Thank you, Ami
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Reply: It looks like one of the steadota family but it's hard to tell from the photo. Anyone who is concerned about bites not healing up should go and see their doctor.

16 March, 2008:
Hi I'm Kara from Ma and I have a bad spider bite on my back and I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of spider this is. I'm not sure if this is the spider that bit me or not. I've had the bite for over a week and it's swelled, it had a green head like a pimple but much larger. It looked like there was a large pea under my skin. My boyfriend popped it and the green head came out but it was a hard puss. Now there's a whole in my back that goes through every layer of skin and opens into a cavern like thing. It's starting to form a green head again and I'm not really to sure what to do. We also have spiders that are slightly larger than this one with a blonde color. If you could get back to me as soon as possible I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

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2 March, 2008:
Hi Glen, Here are some assorted Steadota pictures I've recently taken. There seems to be a good variety of them around here. Feel free to use my pictures if you want. Damy

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29 February, 2008:
Hello, I was wondering if you may help me identify this spider. I attached several pics.  Thank you so much. Kaine

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8 February, 2008:
Hi Glen, I know you already have lots of Steadota pictures, but I thought I might send you these. This one kind of stood out among the dull brown ones in my kitchen. Feel free to use the them if you want. Damy

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8 January, 2007:
Hi Glen, I recently found this thing in my bathroom at 1am, when it noticed that I saw it, it curled up and didn't move as if I didn't see it. I took a good pic of it's back markings, what do you think it is? I also attached a photo of its eyes, looks like it has 5? Is it dangerous for people or dogs? Thanks

 
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8 January, 2007:
hey, i found this spider in my bathroom in wenatchee washington. it looks like a blackwidow spider to me. can you tell me what it is. thanks jana.

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13 June, 2007::
Glen, I just finished browsing your website, and I could not find any photos that help me identify this spider... I live in New Jersey, and this spider is living in my storage shed, about 12 inches off the ground. It's web is disorganized - but stretches from the door-frame to some old paint cans. It is about the size of my thumbnail (with legs tucked in). I took a few pictures, and I even took a picture of the eggs (if that helps you). Please help me identify this spider, and feel free to put the pictures up on your website. Thanks. -Scott

 

12 March, 2007:
I found this spider in my kitchen, and i cannot find a spider that resembles it, i think it may resemble the brown widow... but i am not sure. i have 2 very small children that currently like spiders (charlettes web) and it scares me that i dont know what it is or if it is a threat to my children. please help.

 
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Reply: These could be Steadota/Steatoda, false widows that are easily mistaken for brown widows.

10 July, 2006:
Found these in my garage in San Antonio – they are a little unusual and different than the “normal” Black Widows that I find, although I am pretty sure they are widows, as – well….apparently while I was cleaning the garage, I got bit. Pretty classic widow envenomation symptoms. I found 38 (not including…ummm…probably thousands of spiderlings) before I had to quit cleaning due to symptoms. I’ll try to get a better picture when I’m feeling better. The stripes actually look silverish and I didn’t notice an hourglass – maybe a light brown one? I’ll check and get some better photos as I know there are more left. Any idea what this is? Dave B. San Antonio , Texas
More from Dave: Upon further review – even though it made me fairly sick – the spider IS Steatoda triangulosa (triangulate cobweb spider) According to my research, it can make you sick (but not like the widows) and, it would also explain the lack of REAL widows (had them last year – not this year) as they are a predator of widows. I have TONS of these spiders – but NO black widows now. Live and learn.

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11 June, 2006:
I seem to have a growing number of these in my garage in Katy, Texas, USA...Near Houston. They seem to be killing off the grandaddy longleg spiders I am used to seeing around. We had an outbreak of Brown Widows at the fire station I work at and this looks similar except for the color scheme. Any ideas??? Thanks,
Gordon

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Reply: These could be easily mistaken for brown widows as I did until I got Cathy's reply from Dr. John A. Jackman, Professor and Extension Entomologist, Department of Entomology: "That is a cobweb spider in the family Theridiidae. The genus on that  one is probably Steatoda. They are common in homes and are considered harmless to humans. See: http://insects.tamu.edu/extension/bulletins/l-1787.html "

8 June, 2006:
I know you don't id spiders, but any idea where I could send these to find out what this is? and of course, if you'd like these on the site, you are more than welcome to them. Cathy Webb Garland, TX

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