Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Some diagnostic drawings:
Eye arrangement (male):
Imported from Europe; In North America it has now been found in states along the east and west coasts as well as those bordering the Great Lakes. Specimens have also been collected in Colorado. It's also considered a cosmopolitan species and is found in other countries all over the world.
In and around homes and buildings.
Males mature in summer and autumn; adult females can be found year-round.
Any arthropods that are snagged in the cobweb. This species is a specialist on pill bugs and real black widow spiders.
The bite of this spider might produce symptoms that are similar but much less severe than those of a black widow bite. In some cases blistering may form at the site of the bite along with physical discomfort that lasts for several days.
- How to Manage Pests of Homes, Structures, People, and Pets by R. S. Vetter