Picture ID 133482

Picture of unidentified spider
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  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2021
  • Photographed: Jan 5, 2021
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: New York City - Manhattan , New York, United States
  • Spotted Indoors: Sink or bathtub
  • Found in web?: No
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From a distance 😉 it looks like a False Widow in genus Steatoda. I suspect that they can smell water, since they are often found near sinks. Spiders get thirsty too. I actually give my house spiders droplets of water on their webs in the Winter. False Widow venom isn’t dangerous to people nor pets and bites are extremely rare. They stop moving in sudden bright light or attempt to run to a shadow or dark object that looks like a shadow. I’m happy to have them in my kitchen. They catch houseflies, fruit flies, and mosquitoes indoors. Since mosquitoes… Read more »