What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Easter Egg Spider
Location: San Fernando Valley, California
April 25, 2012 3:33 am
This little lady – I’m assuming its a lady – interrupted our Easter festivities. After a good deal of floundering and some heebie jeebies (I don’t have a good relationship with spiders) we managed to shoo her off into the garden. We’re curious to what she is, though, she almost looks like an Easter Egg herself. I have not tried searching the internet because I am arachnaphobic.
Signature: Cautiously Curious

Brown Widow

Dear Cautiously Curious,
In our opinion, this is a Brown Widow, an introduced species that might bite, though it is not considered as dangerous as the Black Widow.  See BugGuide for additional information.

Thank you for the quick response. There was an orange hourglass on her side – one of us wondered if she was an albino black widow, but that didn’t seem right. I’d never heard of brown widows before – looks like we’re lucky she put up with our efforts to move her, even if she’s not as lethal as a black widow.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: California

5 Responses to Brown Widow Spider, we believe

  1. Louis says:

    You may not endorse extermination but I found these spiders and some of their sacks outside my house and I almost walked in to one. I killed all I could see and the egg sacs and I’m bringing the exterminator out soon

    • bugman says:

      Our tolerance regarding extermination is significantly diminished with invasive species like the Brown Widow.

  2. joy vanderwal says:

    Didn’t get photos but found black and browns on a ladder i was washing down because my spidey senses were tingling.
    July 2 2014. I guess they don’ t like water…lol. So they were living within 2 ft. of each other…
    I’ll get photos of next time but I really hope they all got the hint and ran to a distant location…

  3. joy vanderwal says:

    Oh…and they were both pretty big…nickle and quarter I’d say. I still am getting some pretty major chicken skin and they get big spiders, and centipedes, in hawaii where I’m from…yikey.

  4. jack says:

    i just found one of these tonight surrounded by a freshly hatched sack of eggs with about 100 babies. all under a plastic chair on my porch. there were also about five other unhatched eggsacks. had to exterminate due to the sheer number of them and also their toxic factor. kept the adult to add to my collection

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