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?
Thank you!
P.S– In the first photo, he is playing dead because I put a cup over him (I think I startled/scared him).
Signature: Julia

False Black Widow

False Black Widow

Hi Julia,
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.”

False Black Widow

False Black Widow

Location: Squamish, British Columbia

2 Responses to False Black Widow

  1. Marietta Roby says:

    I had these when I lived in the Coastal Range of Oregon. Now I live in Central Oregon (desert) and we have the real ones.

  2. Sarah says:

    I found 3 of theses and a big egg sack outside on my house behind a piece of plywood, in Salem, Oregon.

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