CLOSED: Spider identification

Vancouver, WA

Found behind my garage refrigerator.

Thumbnail by Jrockca
Minot, ND

This is a cobweb/comb-footed spider (family Theridiidae) in the genus Steatoda; most likely S. grossa. Commonly called cupboard spiders or false widow spiders, they can deliver a painful but not dangerous bite if handled carelessly. See for more information, bearing in mind that this species shows quite a bit of individual variation in coloration, from nearly uniform dark/purplish brown to pale brown with numerous white/cream markings.

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