Picture ID 130355

Picture of unidentified spider

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Found in an urban apartment, on the wooden floor of the living room. By an eight-year-old; this is her first spider ID!

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  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2020
  • Photographed: Oct 22, 2020
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Spotted Indoors: Other
  • Found in web?: No
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Congratulations! Your first spider is a False Black Widow, Steatoda grossa. They are in the same family as dangerous spiders like Black Widows and the Australian Redback, but this one isn’t dangerous. She can bite to protect herself, like other animals do, but it isn’t dangerous to people or pets. If I was still 8, I would think the most interesting thing about this spider is its web. They make true cobwebs, the messy, dusty, clumpy kind of spider web. The surprise is that the web is messy so bugs won’t recognize it as an active spiderweb. There is a… Read more »


You are very welcome! I remember the types of information that fascinated me when I was a child. Such things are useful for teaching people of all ages. I love sharing the information that I wash someone taught me when I was a kid. Spiders that can change their colors to match the colors and patterns they see are especially interesting to me. Misumenoides formosipes is a good example.