Picture ID 122512

Picture of unidentified spider
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  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2020
  • Photographed: Aug 26, 2020
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Nevada, United States
  • Spotted Indoors: Other
  • Found in web?: No
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Black Widow. If you have to relocate her or any other dangerous spider, wear gloves. Widows rarely bite but better safe than sorry.


I agree with Galvantula but would just like to add that this is a juvenile female black widow hence the white stripes and tell tale shape.


Black widow bite is dangerous to humans so every non spider lover kills it asap.

I would like to know what the forum suggests doing with them if found indoors or even outdoors on hammocks etc….how many baby widows can be born from one female ? Can there ever be an infestation like under homes or cellars?


To relocate a Black Widow (or any other web-dwelling spider):
While wearing gloves, catch the adult spider in a jar. Bring her and any egg sacs that were in her web to a place with lots of cover, such as tall grass. Adult female Widows stay in their webs at all times unless seriously disturbed, so if you know where the web is and you avoid that spot you never have to worry about getting bitten.


Wow. How gentle can a person be! I grew up with a mandate to kill all spiders or crawlers. Even caterpillars. As far as black widows…..I was told to save only one during my lifetime. One of my neighbors doing gardening was bitten by some spider. It necrotized rapidly. These stories spread fast and fuel arachnid killing sprees. To save human beings. This is the teaching. Thanks for your suggestion galvantula. I would not dare coaxing one. Not yet. What if it should crawl up on my hand or hair? Are black widows good hunters? Why relocate them in your… Read more »


Widows only bite if pressed against the skin. They are really very docile spiders.
As for a spider bite necrosing, that would be a Brown Recluse or Yellow Sac Spider.
Most spiders are harmless; even dangerous ones have a role in the natural order. Spiders eat insects that are actually harmful, like disease-carrying flies and agricultural pests. Black Widows are cobweb weavers, and they aren’t picky. They’ll eat flies, ants, beetles, woodlice, and even other spiders. Anything that gets caught in the web is fair game, except wasps. Most spiders don’t mess with wasps.