Spider ID please :-)

SnakeManJohn

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Location: East Tennessee
Found: Under a wooden bench in the garage.
Ate: Caterpillars, huge queen looking ants, other spiders.
Description: Big gravel, gray, sandy textured abdomen, weird design on under it if you use a magnify glass.
Other: Kept 4 together, biggest one killed two, left what I would assume was a male. One had red legs and was a tad bit smaller than the female. The female laid a small sack!

I done some searching and it looks like this, but it says these are only found in Florida, it's a brown widow..but I can't find an hour glass on it, so it's not a widow.





Sorry for the not so great pictures, it may just be a regular spider.





 
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John Apple

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What you have there is the American house spider, I am drawing a blank on the name. It's in the comb foot family
 

pitbulllady

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That's an American House Spider(Archaranea tepidariorum, a VERY common species in the South. They are related to Widows, but are harmless.

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Bastian Drolshagen

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hi, are you sure about that? We´ve got that species here in germany too, but the ones I found looked a lil different...
 

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Wow, was I ever confused until I re-read your post! Pic #1 was very much widow-ish and different from the later pics!

Yes, your spider is an Achaearanea tepidariorum, just like the others said. Brown widows ( as in pic #1 ) have spread outside of Florida to Georgia, Texas, California, and probably other states in south and southwest, so they MAY be in TN--maybe. Keep your eyes peeled :)

Edit: @ Improver-- are your A.tep's the dark morph? They are highly variable in coloration. We have them here anywhere from tan to grey to almost black.
 

GartenSpinnen

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Be careful with those, when frightened they will shoot poo at you. No im not joking. I caught one at work awhile back and thought it was a brown widow, but realized it wasnt. I had it out running around and i startled it and it shot a VERY long stream of poo at me.
 
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