Steatoda (false button spiders)

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Steatoda capensis. [image N. Larsen ]


Colour ranges from brown to black with a white to yellow crescent marking on the anteriodorsal (front top) side of the abdomen. These spiders are harmless to man and occur under stones and bark or hollows in walls and are sometimes found in the home. Certain colour forms can be mistaken for true button spiders.

Text by Norman Larsen

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