Some people may have never heard about the False Black Widow. The false black widow spider is not as famous as the true black widow, but it does share a similar body shape. The false black widow female is 6-10 millimeters in length, its color ranges from a purple-brown to black with light yellow markings. The shape of the false black widow is very similar to the true black widow with the bulbous body being more oval in shape. The false black does not have the famous “hourglass” shape on its belly.
Like the true black widow, the false black widow also makes its web to look like jumbled irregular shape. The spider relies on a messy web to catch prey such as small insects and other spiders which reports have included the true black widow.
Spring is when these spiders mate. Females can produce 3 or more egg sacs each mating season, with each egg sacs that can contain 200 plus eggs. It is reported that the males do not live long after mating with a life span of about 18-20 months. False black widows can be found living in man-made structures year round, outside they can be found in cracks and crevices of rocks, under bark and on foliage growing low to the ground.
As for bites and venom, the false black widow can and may bite but usually only when threatened and in defense. The bites of a false black widow are similar but much less severe than from a true black widow. Some of the symptoms include moderate to severe pain at the bite site, nausea, headache, and lethargy.
It’s important to remember everyone may react differently and if you think you may have been bitten by a possible false black widow or medical attention may be needed.
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