Picture ID 172052

Picture of unidentified spider

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Brown house spider? brown widow? SWFL in fort Myers please help!

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  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2023
  • Photographed: Jan 18, 2023
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Ft myers, Florida, United States
  • Spotted Indoors: Other
  • Found in web?: Yes
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Steatoda triangulosa. This is a Triangulate Cobweaver. They are in the same family, Theridiidae, as Brown Widows. That’s why they have the same shape. Some Cobweavers even eat the Widows. The venom is much weaker on humans. They try to avoid us by escaping and hiding. Cobweavers are common. They make the true cobweb-type of spider web. Their vision is very poor so they hunt by feeling bug movement. Greenvileeee, Sometimes the brown and gold patterns on this species are reversed, with the gold in the center instead of the brown. This one has more gold than usual. The pattern… Read more »


Yeah, some of the patterns and colors are odd. Great spiders though!


The cool thing about ones like this, with a lot of gold, is the way they look under a flashlight. They look like gold glitter or gold embossed foil under a clear dome. I’m glad that some offspring survived from my kitchen Triangulate Cobweaver. Their mother is yellow like a school bus with dark brown.