Steatoda grossa
(False Black Widow)

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Picture of Steatoda grossa (False Black Widow) - Dorsal

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Found this in a child's play area. Is it dangerous? Almost looks like a black widow. Did have a design on back but not red...more of a tan color.

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Arcticwolf115

I could be wrong, It might be a black lace-weaver. It does not normally bite, when it does, it’s reported to be quite painful, with slight nausea. Just let it back outdoors and your kids will be safe. :#

Arcticwolf115

No problem :3

ItsyBitsy

No, that species is found in the northeast, not CA.

ItsyBitsy

Hi, this looks like a False Black Widow, Steatoda grossa.

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