Picture ID 111576

Picture of unidentified spider

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Unknown Steatoda Species. Her thorax is now a dark red compared to the bright red when she was younger, and she has become much larger.

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  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2020
  • Photographed: Jun 14, 2020
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Kunming, China
  • Spotted Indoors: Other
  • Found in web?: Yes
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She is unbelievably beautiful. I saw your original post a couple months back and I hope that someone is able to positively identify her.


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