False Black Widow Spider, Male

That is what this appears to be – though I am open to others’ speculations on this creature’s identity! I was cleaning up my back yard this afternoon and saw this rather large spider on my window screen.  Looking more closely, it was nothing I had seen before. And the legs – dark bars, very muscular looking. You must click on the image to truly appreciate the beauty of this beast!

It can be found indoors and outdoors.

The bite of this false black widow (Steatoda grossa) can cause medical effects, but not as severe as from a bite from a true black widow spider. More information on this rather beautiful spider can be found here: http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/false-black-widow

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One Response

  1. I just looked at some pics of black widows…looked like this one but the site was saying that it was an “immature” black widow…so I’m a bit confused…

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