Brown widow spiders


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Brown widow spider (Latrodectus geometricus)
Distribution Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and South Carolina.
Because they vary from light tan to dark brown or almost black, with variable markings of black, white, yellow, orange, or brown on the back of their abdomens, brown widows are not as easy to recognize. The underside of the abdomen, if you can see it, contains the characteristic hourglass marking. Unlike the black widow, the hourglass is orange to yellow orange in color.
Its egg sac is very different from those of the other widow spiders. Instead of the smooth white to tan surface, the outside of the egg sac is covered with pointed projections giving it the appearance of a globe with many pointed protuberances on its surface. It has also been described as tufted or fluffy looking.
Source:Philip G. Koehler Sarasota County Cooperative Extension Service.


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