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Old 11-12-2013, 12:51 PM
 
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Found this spider in my son's toy box. I've seen them around the house before. Can anyone identify it? I'm a little worried. The brighter picture shows his body under the camera flash - without the flash it just looked grayish-black, and the legs looked brown. Size-wise, he was only about as big as a penny, legs included. We are located in VA.
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Old 11-12-2013, 01:20 PM
 
Location: USA
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I saw a black widow years ago and there was no doubt at all. It was jet black all over except on its underbelly was a red hourglass shape. Find a photo on google or bing.
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Old 11-12-2013, 01:24 PM
 
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How to Identify Venomous House Spiders

this is supposed to be a site for ID for spiders. It had a very good one for black widows. If this site doesn't work, there are tons of others. They are black with a bright red dot or hour glass shape on their belly. Just kill one, turn it over and look.
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:03 PM
 
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That does not look like a black widow.
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Yellow cottage, green doors.
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Not a black widow.
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:34 PM
 
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Thanks! Glad I didn't smush him.
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Yellow cottage, green doors.
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^^^ Oh, I would've smushed him! No spiders in my house!
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Old 11-12-2013, 05:13 PM
 
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Not a black widow by far, but looks very similar to a brown widow or possibly a red widow though. I cannot make out the top side of its body (not abdomen) to see if it has a fiddle shape mark, but it could be a brown recluse as well. If it has the red to red-orange hour glass shape mark on its underside of its abdomen, then it is a brown widow or even possibly a red widow.

Red widows are usually a bit more reddish to brown-orange color tone, but it is hard to tell in those pics you posted. If it is brown recluse, they are more afraid of you than you of them. They are very shy and will hide in the darkest and most quite places they can find, and will normally run away from you.

Either way, look for the red to red-orange hour glass mark on the bottom side of its abdomen for a widow spider and a fiddle (violin) shape mark on its top side of its body (not abdomen)..
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Old 11-12-2013, 05:24 PM
 
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Thanks! Glad I didn't smush him.
I'm glad that you didn't "smush" him, too. No one needs to kill spiders. They're very beneficial--just release them outdoors to eat insects or be eaten by birds.
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Old 11-12-2013, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Yellow cottage, green doors.
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The spiders we get in our homes bite and cause serious injuries, so....*smush*!
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