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Steatoda
(False Widows)

Picture ID 198195

Picture of Steatoda (False Widows) - Male

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Venemous?

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TangledWeb

I think he’s Steatoda grossa, a False Black Widow. I wasn’t sure enough to title it with the species. His legs are a bit pale. He’s not anything to worry about. False Black Widows actually kill Black Widows, Brown Widows, Brown Recluses, Cockroaches, and more. I’ve had people ask me how they can get more of these for home defense. 🙂 Technically, they have some venom for self-defense and swiftly killing prey. The venom isn’t significant medically to humans, but quite potent on prey. He wouldn’t try to bite you except for being handled roughly against skin. They’re fragile and… Read more »

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