Steatoda
(False Widows)

Picture ID 60586

Picture of Steatoda (False Widows) - Lateral

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I think it's a false black widow. It was very small like the size of a pea and I found it in my bed. Scared me to death! Does anyone have any information on this spider or know what kind of spider it is exactly?

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TangledWeb

Do you have any photos of its back (dorsal)? That’s where the markings are. It is in family Theridiidae, we can give you more specific info we can see markings.

TangledWeb

It is the top of the spider that identifies the False Widows to species. The True Widows also have markings on top, but the hourglass image on the underside helps too. If you would like to see more images of them go to the menu at the top right and click Taxonomy then Theridiidae for the list. Bugguide.net has great charts for telling the species apart by markings.

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