Subject: What is it?
Location: Houston, Texas
November 2, 2012 9:29 pm
Found this spider crawling away from my bed and I freaked out. I really dislike spiders. I tried searching online to see if it is venomous. The search just left me confused…black widow family or red stripe spider from Australia? It looked more like a red stripe spider from a image I saw online. What do you think?
Signature: Cyn

Ant Mimic Spider

Hi Cyn,
Though the coloration and markings are superficially similar to the dangerous Australian Redback Spider, this Ant Mimic Spider in the genus
Castianeira is perfectly harmless, and you can read more about it on BugGuide.

Location: Texas

3 Responses to Ant Mimic Spider

  1. desirae says:

    Just killed this in my bathroom. I live in montana

  2. Sandra Roberts says:

    I found a tiny guy, I think it was a spider, that looked very much like one of my tiny black sweet ants that are all over my kitchen. I live in MD. Unfortunately, it got away and I don’t have it to refer to. It had no markings that I noticed.

  3. Paul Scarborough says:

    Found one in the bathroom. Looked just like the photo.

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