Latrodectus mactans
(Southern Black Widow)

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Picture of Latrodectus mactans (Southern Black Widow) - Male - Dorsal

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Not sure what this is. Was crawling up the wall in the bedroom. If anyone can ID that would be great. Thanks.

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Kathi_M
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Found one of these crawling on my floor. Would sure like to know if it’s a widow before it becomes a dead spider.

TangledWeb
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I hope the spider survived. It is an orbweaver, possibly Nephila clavipes.

TangledWeb
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Awesome! Sorry it did turn out to be a widow type of spider after all! The good news is that false widow types of widows (yes that sounds illogical, that’s the problem with common names) – anyhow false widows kill black widows and ticks and other things we don’t want around the house.

ItsyBitsy
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Hi, this is a male Black Widow (Latrodectus sp.).

ItsyBitsy
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Male Southern Black Widow, Latrodectus mactans.
https://bugguide.net/node/view/1283179/bgimage

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