Unidentified

Picture ID 158251

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

It looks a lot like a black widow in body and size might but a bit bigger but it is a lot more red then the photo shows. It's crazy red.

  • Submitted by: 
    Gundabadoch
  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2022
  • Photographed: Jun 18, 2022
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Tioga, West Virginia, United States
  • Spotted Indoors: Other
  • Found in web?: Yes
  • Attributes:
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TangledWeb

The closest spider I know of on the East Coast is a male Common House Spider, such as Parasteatoda tepidariorum. They are in the same family, Theridiidae, as Widows, but their venom is not medically significant to people. I haven’t even heard of anyone getting bitten by one. I usually find the males with a female waiting for a bug to come along. The males look redder and have what I think of as a “monkey” way of moving.

TangledWeb

Yes, that’s the spider version of domestic violence. The males keep trying to approach to mate and the female may attack them. I watched a male keep approaching a female until he dropped dead trying.