Advertisement (Sorry, no picture) In shape, the spider was identical to a large adult female latrodectus hesperus. It's coloration was a uniform chocolate brown inclusive of the legs. It had no hourglass or any other marking. It was found under loose leaf mold. No webbing was present. The location was second growth forest area on the coast of northern California outside the city of Arcata. A student at Humboldt State University tentatively identified the animal as a 'brown wood spider'. Any guesses as to what it might have been?