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False Widow Male350w0034

(Steatoda paykullana) Male

False Widow Female350w0007

(Steatoda paykullana) Female

False Widow Pair350w0027

(Steatoda paykullana) Male and female

False Black Widow Spider Andy
False Widow Female350w0046

(Steatoda paykullana) Female

False Widow Female350w0052

(Steatoda paykullana) Female

False Black widow Spider (Steatoda paykullana)

This is another species of false Black Widow, which is native to Southern Europe, West Asia and North Africa. One of 6 species which can be found in the United Kingdom. Often mistaken for the notorious black widow especially as the female is jet black with red crescent markings around the abdomen. Like other false black widow spiders, the bite can be painful but its venom is harmless unless allergic. The female I had in captivity had a cream crescent gradually changing to red as the female matured.

The male spider is slightly smaller with banded legs and crescent around the front of the abdomen with an oak leaf pattern over the center of the abdomen, the females can also have these markings on the abdomen. 

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False Widow Male350w0022

(Steatoda paykullana) Male

False Widow Male350w0017

(Steatoda paykullana) Male

False Widow Pair350w0046

(Steatoda paykullana) Male and female