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Brown Widow

Brown Widow

Brown Widow

Brown Widow

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Brown Widow Spider

The Situation: The brown widow spider, Latrodectus geometricus,became established in Southern California in early 2000 and has become well entrenched as part of the local spider fauna in urban Los Angeles and San Diego. The brown widow spider is continuing its expansion in Southern California and could possibly move northward into Central California. (Source: cisr.ucr.edu)

How to Identify Brown Widow Spiders

The brown widow spider, Latrodectus geometricus, is not native to the United States. For decades, it lived only in peninsular Florida in the U.S. but in the first decade of the 21st century, it spread remarkably quickly, is now found from Texas to South Carolina and is well established in the urban areas of Los Angeles, San Diego and surrounding suburbs. In the western United States, accurate identification of this spider can be difficult. The brown widow is a tan spider with a series of white stripes. Unfortunately, immatures of the native black widow spider, Latrodectus hesperus, also are tan with white stripes and are frequently mistaken for brown widows. There is TREMENDOUS variation for both of these species as they grow from babies to adults. In order to master identifying them, many specimens need to be examined. Below is a pictorial comparison of the two species with ways to differentiate between them. Many people send in orb weavers orb weavers of the genera Neoscona and Araneus. Orb weavers have spines on thier legs, widow spiders have no spines. Please check the internet to identify orb weavers to reduce the chance of misidentification. (Source: cisr.ucr.edu)

Latrodectus Geometricu

house button spider or geometric button spider, is one of the widow spiders in the genus Latrodectus. As such, it is a 'cousin' to the more infamous Latrodectus mactans (black widow). L. geometricus has black and white patterns on the sides of its abdomen as well as an orange-yellow colored hourglass shape. Their eggs are easily identified by points that project from all over the egg sacs. L. geometricus are found all over the world, but are believed to originate in South America. Their bites, though painful, are not considered to be dangerous. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

entnemdept.ufl.edu)Brown Widow SpideThe brown widow spider (Latrodectus geometricus Koch) belongs to the family Theridiidae (Foelix 2011, Howell and Jenkins 2004). Theridiids are known as comb-footed spiders because of the comb-like rows of stout, curved bristles on the tarsi (feet) of the hind pair of legs (Figure 1). They are also known as cobweb spiders because of their irregular webs. (Source:

 

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