Subject: Male black widow?
Location: Squamish, B.C.
March 10, 2013 2:48 pm
I found this spider in my garage. After photographing it, I took him on hike into the woods. I released him into an area with lots of downed trees/logs and leaves.
Is it a black widow?
P.S– In the first photo, he is playing dead because I put a cup over him (I think I startled/scared him).
We believe this is a False Black Widow, Steatodoa grossa, and according to BugGuide: “The bite of this spider might produce symptoms that are similar but much less severe than those of a black widow bite. In some cases blistering may form at the site of the bite along with physical discomfort that lasts for several days.”