Picture ID 96876

Picture of unidentified spider

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According to the various sites visited to help identify this spider, the most common reference is "False Black Widow" or "Cupboard Spider".

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  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2019
  • Photographed: Dec 6, 2019
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Duvall, Washington, United States
  • Spotted Indoors: Garage or shed
  • Found in web?: No
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Yes, this is a False Widow in genus Steatoda. They are in the same family as Black Widows, Theridiidae, but their venom is relatively insignificant to humans. The venom, however, is significant to other spiders and arthropods. These spiders are great to have indoors. They catch the flies and mosquitoes that fly around the webs of other kinds of spiders. I’ve watched in frustration as mosquitoes have circled around and navigated between the strands of webs of other spiders. The trick is that Spiders in this family make true cobwebs. They are spider webs in disguise. The clumps and strands… Read more »


I live in Carnation Washington which is the neighbor town to Duvall and found this same spider in my attic and got online to identify it and came to this site.


I never thought to find out if I have spiders in my attic and I look for spiders everywhere! I hope I do have some of these up there, we’ve had insect problems in the attic before. Spiders in genus Steatoda are great at killing lots of arthropods.