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False Black Widow - Steatoda grossa - female

False Black Widow - Steatoda grossa - Female
Bonney Lake, Pierce County, Washington, USA
June 21, 2008
I found around 10 of these while getting rid of an 8 year old wood pile. You can certainly see why people in Western WA would swear they have black widows.

False Black Widow - Steatoda grossa
I live here in Puyallup. It's funny because I've wondering what these are for a long time. In fact I found a few of these while cleaning my back yard. I smashed a couple because they're creepy looking. Now that I know they're not that poisonous I'll leave them be. Also Western Washington has been known to have Western Black Widows which are poisonous and can make you sick if bitten but probably won't kill you.

 
Western Black Widows
Black Widows are not found on the mainland of Northwestern Washington. There have been a few populations recorded from Whidbey Island and some of the San Juan Islands.

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