Steatoda grossa
(False Black Widow)

Featured spider picture The spider species Steatoda grossa, commonly known as False Black Widow, belongs to the genus Steatoda, in the family Theridiidae. Steatoda grossa spiders have been sighted 29 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Steatoda grossa includes 3 countries and 5 states in the United States. Steatoda grossa is most often sighted indoors, and during the month of October.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Theridiidae
  • Genus: Steatoda
  • Species: Steatoda grossa

Common Name (AASMore information icon)

False Black Widow

Other Common Names

Cupboard Spider, False Button Spider, Cobweb Spider, Cob Web Spider, Comb-footed Spider, Tangle-web Spider, Gumfoot-web Spider

Author

Carl Ludwig Koch, 1838

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Sightings Overview

There have been 29 confirmed sightings of Steatoda grossa (False Black Widow), with the most recent sighting submitted on February 15, 2018 by Spider ID member blitzfalke. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 29 sightings because of certain Steatoda grossa sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 25% of the time, Steatoda grossa spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 8)
  • Sex: 14 female and 9 male.
  • Environment: Steatoda grossa has been sighted 5 times outdoors, and 6 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (1). Low foliage (1). Ground layer (1). Under rock or debris (1). Open field, pasture, grassland (1).

Location and Range

Steatoda grossa (False Black Widow) has been sighted in the following countries: Mexico, United Kingdom, United States.

Steatoda grossa has also been sighted in the following states: California, Georgia, Oregon, Virginia, Washington.

Seasonality

Steatoda grossa has been primarily sighted during the month of October.

  • January: 4
  • February: 4
  • March: 2
  • April:
  • May: 2
  • June: 4
  • July: 3
  • August: 2
  • September: 1
  • October: 4
  • November: 3
  • December:

Additional Remarks

  • This species is frequently mistaken for a real “black widow” of the genus Latrodectus. Real “black widows” have a bright red or orange hourglass-shaped marking on the underside of their abdomen, but Steatoda (the “false widows”) do not.
  • Egg sacs are completely different from those of the real “black widows.” Steatoda sacs are made of fluffy-looking white silk; Latrodectus makes papery-looking brown or tan sacs.
  • Females are variable in color and pattern depending on their age. Older adult specimens often lose their abdominal pattern and appear solid black, brown, or purplish; younger specimens have a unique pattern with a pale band across front of abdomen and additional pale spots or chevrons behind.
  • Timid and non-aggressive species.
  • Lateral eyes are nearly touching. (As opposed to the real “black widows,” whose lateral eyes are separated.)
  • Typically only visible in their web at nighttime; spends the day hiding in crevices or holes on outskirts of web.
  • Has been known to feed on real “black widows” (genus Latrodectus).

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