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May 29, 2014 10:47 AM

Black widow or false widow?

Hi,

 

I was walking into the bathroom when I felt something on my leg, I quickly brushed it off with my foot and found this. I didn't feel a bite or a "prick" feeling like everyone says you do when you get bit.

 

Still wondering what it is, I have seen Black Widows before with the usual red hour glass on it's belly, this one does not have one which makes me think it's a false widow.

 

Here's some pictures:

 

1.jpg

 

Can't hardly see but there are no markings on it's back.

 

2.jpg

 

You can't really see the spider itself but that's the back of the abdomen which is just a brownish color. I apologize for the terrible pictures, best I could do. Let me know what you think!

 

Thanks

 

Dylan

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    Aug 19, 2014 11:57 AM (in response to dylanok)
    Re: Black widow or false widow?

    The photos are not clear enough for a species ID, but the spider looks like a black/false widow. Black widow if your kitchen is in North America, false widow if it's here in Britain. If what I see trhough the plastic in the second photo is the spider's belly, then it's a false widow (Steatoda sp), not a black widow.

    Florin

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