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How to find Lateodectus in northeast

Discussion in 'Other Spiders & Arachnids' started by mantisfan101, Dec 2, 2019 at 6:29 AM.

  1. mantisfan101

    mantisfan101 Arachnoangel Active Member

    I found out that there are 2 species of latrodectus in my state-mactans and variolus. However, I’ve never seem a single specimen, so how do you find them? I’ve checked almost everywhere and have yet to even see a male.
  2. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member

    Well, where and when are you looking?
  3. mantisfan101

    mantisfan101 Arachnoangel Active Member

    I sort of gave up for now because it’s pretty cold but I’ve been looking in the woods, old sheds, abandoned structures, piles of wood/junk, and so on.
  4. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member

    Variolus are not found near human habitation generally. Check around the bases of trees and in natural debris piles in like 5 months. Mactans are more synanthropic. Check water meters, at the bases of structure, and structures that provide a safe area with lots of cover.
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  5. The Snark

    The Snark هرج و مرج مهندس Old Timer

    Conditions permitting, go find a location out in the woods or fields where there is debris/hiding holes and make a regular thing of going pee there. Not sure about Variolus but Hesperus and Mactans adore bathrooms and outhouses.
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