Latrodectus hesperus
(Western Black Widow)

Picture ID 55429

Picture of Latrodectus hesperus (Western Black Widow) - Dorsal

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My guess is that this species is (Latrodectus hasselti) or the Redback Spider. There is a red hour glass shape on the ventral abdomen and long red stripe down the dorsal part of the abdomen. This is my best guess and there is a serious complication with this identification as it is stated to be native to Australia and New Zealand. This spider and subsequent photo are found and taken in Idaho, United States. I would like to know why there is a red stripe down the back if it is not in fact, Latrodectus hasselti.

It was found in a cool and damp corner next to my daughter's window. It was found in a very tough and sticky web.

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BugmanDan

Hi, if you found these spiders in Idaho, they will both be the western black widow, Latrodectus hesperus.
T one with the stripe down the dorsum would likely be sub adult. that will probably vanish when the spider molts to penultimate or full adult.

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