Spider on classroom floor.
Poisonous bite (neurotoxin)
Has eight eyes.
Long, brown legs with small hairs
Builds a tangled, three-dimensional “cobweb” snare.
The silk is not sticky
Eats insects or other spiders
Male lives up to 18 months
Female can live up to six years.
Bulbous abdomen with vibrant color, no discernible pattern on web, leg-span of about inch and a half
As i was cleaning my blackyard, i came across an insect with a big behind that looked much like a black widow because of what looked like an hour glass on the posterior end of the arachnid. I captured it and upon studying the arachnid, it became clear that it was not a black widow. I did some research and came to the conclusion that it was a false black widow of the genus Steatoda.
Found under a log. The preserved specimen has an epigynum consistent with this species.
Steatoda grossa, commonly known as the cupboard spider, the dark comb-footed spider, the brown house spider (in Australia), or the false black widow (though several other species are known by these names), is a common species of spider in the genus Steatoda.