Identifying Spiders in Connecticut

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Spiders common to Connecticut include the American house spider, which has yellow and brown coloring, and the Western black widow, which can be identified by the red hourglass on the backs of the females. Find various spiders in Connecticut with helpful facts from an entomology student in this free video on arachnids.

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Hello, my name is Lauren Saldana, I'm an entomology major over at FSU, and I specialize in Arachnids. So today we're going to be talking about, how to identify the spiders of Connecticut. The first one that we'll be talking about is the American house spider. They are a yellow/brown kind of color and they're abdomen is streaked and splotched with spots all over their sides. And the second one we'll be talking about is the western black widow. And How you can tell between the males and the females is, the males are more elongated and the females are more of a bulbous kind of feel to them, and they have a red hourglass figure on their abdomen, and the men have- sorry, excuse me, the males, have more like a- they have like a black and white color to them. And that's it for Connecticut. Thank you.

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