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Steatoda Grossa – False Black Widow Spider

The Steatoda grossa, commonly called the false black widow spider or cupboard spider can be found throughout the United States. It is from the family of Theridiidae, the same as the black widow spiders. They build similar webs and have a similar body shape and color as black widows. Hence, their common name false widow. […]

Latrodectus Mactans – Southern Black Widow

Latrodectus mactans, the Southern black widow is a close relative of the Northern black widow and the Western black widow. The female of all three species is mostly black with a distinctive red hourglass pattern on the underside of its abdomen. They can inject a potent venom with their bite with potential severe medical effects. […]

Steatoda nobilis – Noble False Widow

Known in the United Kingdom as the Noble False Widow, Steatoda Nobilis is a species of spider in the genus Steatoda. Historically, this spider is native to Spain’s Canary Islands and is thought to have spread to Europe and the British Isles via banana shipments. It gets its name from a passing resemblance to the […]

Steatoda borealis

Steatoda borealis, a spider species that belongs to the genus Steatoda is one of the members family of Theridiidae. In United States, they are found east of the Rocky Mountains as well as in Alaska. Many spiders in the genus Steatoda are frequently misidentified as widow spiders and are dubbed “false black widows”. And even […]

Enoplognatha Ovata – Candy-Striped Spider

Candy-striped spider is not only one of the coolest names for a spider – it also looks great. This spider, which goes by the scientific name of Enoplognatha ovata, is part of the cobweb spider family and has been introduced to the United States and Canada from Europe. Over the last years, its populations have […]

Spider Families in North America

As of 2021, there are over 48,000 spider species in the world. Around 3,000 of the species can be found in the United States. Spiders are classified under the order Araneae in the class Arachnida. Other arachnids that are not spiders are for example harvestmen and ticks. Araneae are divided into two suborders: Mesothelae and […]

Educational And Fun Spider Facts

Spiders are fascinating animals. They are highly adaptable and are found in all types of habitats and around the globe. Antartica is the only continent without spiders. Some species have developed fascinating capabilities and techniques while others are simply fascinating by their appearance. In this article, we have compiled an overview of the most fascinating […]

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