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Spider - Latrodectus geometricus

Spider - Latrodectus geometricus
Palm Coast, Flagler County, Florida, USA
April 13, 2005
This spider has a red hourglass on it's stomach

Brown widow
That is a female brown widow, L. geometricus.

Widow spider.
This looks to be an immature widow spider in the genus Latrodectus. Florida has at least 2-3 species. Widows are mostly pale when they are young, gradually losing most markings except for the hourglass. An exception is the red widow, L. bishopi, which retains many colorful markings into adulthood. Male widows also retain stripes and spots, so this might be a male.

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