Female Steatoda Spider

2023 February 26

Back on January 1, I posted pictures of a male steatoda spider that we found in the house back in November. And then, on January 16, 2023, Sandy caught this nice female Steatoda borealis, also in the house. We can tell this one is a female because she has thin little pedipalps and a comparatively enormous abdomen.

These normally are in out-of-the-way places like under furniture or behind things in the basement. The biggest they ever get is about the size of a kernel of unpopped popcorn, and I am pretty sure that they are physically incapable of biting a person.

Anyway, we have many of these around the place, and I’ve photographed them numerous times before, but this time I was using the high-magnification lens, so the detail is better than what I’ve generally been able to do in the past.

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  1. April 25, 2023

    I normally don’t have a problem with spiders, but I have to admit, the glistening, bulbous ones are creepy.

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