Picture ID 52281

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

I thought it looked like a black widow, minus the hourglass. Maybe a False Black Widow? It was hiding in the kid's toy box in my living room. I live an hour and a half south of Seattle, WA. I still have it in a plastic container.

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  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2019
  • Photographed: Jan 26, 2019
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Lacey, Washington, United States
  • Spotted Indoors: Other
  • Found in web?: No
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Hi, sorry still can’t be sure. It probably is a false widow, we have photos of several species of false widows submitted from Washington. They are in the genus Steatoda. If you go to the 3 bar “more” symbol at the top, then locations, Washington, you can see what photos we have of dpiders from your state. Steatoda species make messy cobwebs that get dusty. There is an evolutionary purpose for them to look deceptively messy to insects. False widows are pretty useful, they have venom that is less potent than black widows to us,but very potent to insects and… Read more »