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Southern Black Widow Red Widow Brown Widow Brown Recluse

Photo Official Name Name Characteristics Habitat
Latrodectus mactans Southern Black Widow This spider is glossy black with an hourglass shape on the abdomen. This is the most wide spread widow in Florida. Commonly found outdoors in protected places, such as under rocks, boards and in and around old buildings.
Latrodectus Bishopi Red Widow This species has a black abdomen and reddish-orange head, thorax and legs. This spider lacks a complete hourglass on the abdomen. Commonly found in sandpine scrub habitats in central and southeast Florida.
Lactrodectus Geometricus Brown Widow This spider varies in color from light brown to black. The underside has a red and yellow hourglass. Commonly found south of Daytona Beach along the coast, and makes its web on buildings and well lighted areas.
Loxosceles Reclusa Brown Recluse This species is not established in Florida. It is recognized by the disticntive dark violin-shaped mark located on the head and thorax. They are 1/4″ to 1/2″ long. Commonly found in arms and legs of garments left hanging for some time or beds that have been unoccupied for long periods of time.