Picture ID 131967

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

We have seen this type of spider twice in our garage in recent months. We are worried it is a type of widow or other dangerous spider. We often see hobo/giant house spiders but this is a new kind. Shiny bulbous body, dark purply red back, black legs. Creepy movement.

  • Submitted by: 
  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2020
  • Photographed: May 30, 2020
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Spotted Indoors: Garage or shed
  • Found in web?: No
  • Attributes:
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Difficult to diagnose from the photo, but my guess is a False Widow, Steatoda sp., which are regularly mistaken for Widows (thus the name). False Widow spiders are completely harmless to humans, as is the vast bulk of spider species in BC. The “creepy movement” you observed is a function of this spider being out of her element: it belongs to the Cobweb Weaver family, so it is much more at home in a web where it moves adeptly.


Thinking the same thing- False Widow