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Steatoda
(False Widows)

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Picture of Steatoda (False Widows)

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Does anyone know what this is? Google says it’s a black widow but the markings aren’t bright red. It was very small, found it in my garage. The weather has been unusually warm the past few days.

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BugmanDan

I am shure this is a false widow, Steatoda genus. The patterns are vague but could be Steatoda borealis.
Species Steatoda borealis – BugGuide.Net

TangledWeb

Good job, you ignored Google! 🙂 This is a Cobweb Spider in genus Steatoda, possibly Steatoda grossa. They are in the same family, Theridiidae, as Black Widows, but as you noted, they don’t have any red on them. Their venom is not medically significant to humans, but they are potent against other spiders and bugs. Steatoda grossa can kill Black Widows and roaches, and ticks. I recommend letting these spiders live with you, they are adapted for living with people. I have my own herd of Cobweavers guarding my house. They catch every flying insect that doesn’t get captured by… Read more »

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