Subject: Rorshach-back spider with colored dots on its belly
Location: Tampico, Mexico
December 13, 2012 1:00 pm
I found this one in my in-laws’ garden. I instantly took a picture of it and later showed it to my wife. She thought I should’ve killed it because it was too pretty to be harmless.
I also believe that it is a nice-looking arachnid, but I refused to kill it. However, I don’t know if it venomous or not, and since we live in the north-eastern coast of Mexico and the region is suited for black widows, I feared. any clues on this guy?
This spider greatly resembles the Orchard Spider, Leucauge venusta, which you can find pictured on BugGuide. If it is not the same species, we are fully confident it is in the same genus. Though it has venom, it is considered a harmless species that uses its venom on prey, not on humans. We believe this is a female.