Picture ID 147942

Picture of unidentified spider

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This little guy was hiding behind a cutting board in my kitchen, murdering gnats. I re-homed him to my cactus. I'm thinking he's a noble false widow, but I'm not good at IDing spiders.

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  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2021
  • Photographed: Sep 10, 2021
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, United States
  • Spotted Indoors: Other
  • Found in web?: Yes
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Actually, you are pretty good at it. This is Steatoda borealis which is in the same genus as your guess. This one is a false widow without a specific common name.
They live both indoors and outdoors. They like kitchens because there are water sources, small dark spaces, and bugs to eat. Mine eat flour moths and flies. If you have any kind ofindoor insect infestation, that’s a good spot for a False Widow.


If she was battling gnats before she’ll do it again. She needs a dark enclosed spot near them. She can’t see well, mostly just light and dark. They mistake dark colors for shadows. I had one I was observing climb onto my dark shirt in an attempt to hide from me and my bright camera flash. I had it on my hand and made it nervous. Almost all spider species have venom for killing prey swiftly. Very few are medically significant to big mammals like us. The most dangerous spider lives in Australia. Wisconsin is probably similar to where I… Read more »