Picture ID 90059

Picture of unidentified spider

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What is this?

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  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2019
  • Photographed: Oct 4, 2019
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Under rock, log, or debris
  • Found in web?: No
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I believe this is a northern black widow (link.)

I am not totally sure of this, as I may be confusing it with an immature western/southern black widow, but I definitely believe it is a widow.


Yes it is a Black Widow, possibly Latrodectus mactans. Spider in this family, Theridiidae, like to live in dark enclosed places, like under a tarp. They don’t attack people on the offense, just defensive if there is skin pressed against the spider’s body in a way that scares it. Like with venomous snakes, you might want to be in the habit of shining a flashlight into dark places before reaching in. I wear nitrile coated work gloves for working with thorny plants and insects. I just met a little girl who was wearing them while fishing for grip and protection… Read more »