Steatoda paykulliana (Walckenaer, 1805)

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Description of Steatoda paykulliana (False widow)

Physical Characteristics

Female 8 to 13 mm.
Abdomen dark brown to black, sometimes with a white or red band on the front and a thin white or red median band or light brown-white chevrons.
Carapace dark brown to black.
Legs and palps dark brown to black.

Male 4.5 to 8.5 mm.
Markings and colours almost identical to the female. Legs yellowish-black annulated.


In several dry and semi-dry regions.


Common in the whole of Europe.


Spring and summer. Female all year.