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Red Striped Black Spider - Latrodectus hesperus

Red Striped Black Spider - Latrodectus hesperus
Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA
August 6, 2014
Size: Approx 2 inch
Found in an outdoor storage closet in Eastern WA during the summer.
Has a red stripe down its back with what looks like a gold outline along it.
Approximately 2" big overall.

Moved from Widow Spiders.

Moved from Spiders.

Moved from ID Request.

A female. Widows sometimes have various red patterns instead of simply the hourglass at the ventral of the abdomen.

Likewise, for future reference, spiders are generally measured without the legs, only the body length.

Black Widow
The only one you're likely to find in Washington state is the western variety. Species Latrodectus hesperus - Western Black Widow

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