How Do You Identify a Brown Widow Spider?


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Although it is considered difficult to identify, the brown widow (Latrodectus geometricus) is a tan spider with a series of white stripes. The appearance of these spiders as they grow from babies to adults changes frequently, making identification tricky.

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Brown widows are also similar to black widows in appearance when the black widows are immature, as immature black widows are also tan and have white stripes. A brown widow can also be identified by its egg sacs. The egg sacs are round and yellow with a number of small silk spikes protruding from its surface. Baby brown Widows are also more brown in color than adults.

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