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Mar 17, 2014 2:57 PM

Is this a false widow?

Hi all,


I found this in my bathroom, a little concerned as I have a baby in the house. Does anyone know if it is? Thank you!

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    Mar 18, 2014 5:24 PM (in response to emma1402)
    Re: Is this a false widow?

    Hi Emma,


    This is a male Steatoda grossa (AKA cupboard spider), despite being one of the false widow species, I wouldn't panic, nor assume there is a significant threat.


    Certainly remove any that you find, if you are concerned. They are typically shy & reclusive, not aggressive, preferring darker, quieter areas. The males, like yours, are more likely to be seen as they wander in search of a mate.


    It would probably be remiss of me to fail to mention that they may be capable of biting, but compared to the more infamous Steatoda nobilis, S grossa are somewhat more widespread & well established where I live, probably living in the majority of homes. I tend to find males fairly frequently in my bedroom & bathroom (I move them to other rooms, but I don't have a baby to be concerned about - if i did, I'd tip them outside), they're most concerned with just getting out of our way.

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