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Post by Donolit » Sat, 17 Oct 1998 04:00:00



Hello,
        Can anyone identify a spider for me that I saw in northern
California?  At first glance, I wondered if it was a black widow
because it's body was black and it was the size of other black widows I
have seen before.  When, I looked closely however, I noticed that it had
dark brown bands on it's otherwise black legs.
        When I came back the next day it had turned so that I could see
its abdomen.  It had a red hourglass with yellow sides, like this:

  YRRRRRY
   YRRRY
    YRY
   YRRRY
  YRRRRRY

        Its web was in a corner and had an erratic shape.
        Can anybody tell what kind of spider it is and how poisonous it
is?  I am really curious.  It was actually a neat looking spider.  Thank
you for your help. :-)

Sincerely,
Don Reeder

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please id spider

Post by Arachni » Sun, 18 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> Hello,
>         Can anyone identify a spider for me that I saw in northern
> California?  At first glance, I wondered if it was a black widow
> because it's body was black and it was the size of other black widows I
> have seen before.  When, I looked closely however, I noticed that it had
> dark brown bands on it's otherwise black legs.
>         When I came back the next day it had turned so that I could see
> its abdomen.  It had a red hourglass with yellow sides, like this:

>   YRRRRRY
>    YRRRY
>     YRY
>    YRRRY
>   YRRRRRY

>         Its web was in a corner and had an erratic shape.
>         Can anybody tell what kind of spider it is and how poisonous it
> is?  I am really curious.  It was actually a neat looking spider.  Thank
> you for your help. :-)

> Sincerely,
> Don Reeder

Possibly a brown widow? Sounds pretty. Assume it's a variety of
Lactrodectus and leave it be.

http://www.extento.hawaii.edu/kbase/urban/site/brwidow.htm