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Parasteatoda

The genus includes some small to medium-sized spiders that are known for making asymmetrical webs. The genus is also a part of the cobweb spider family.

Parasteatoda Spider

Spiders Belonging to this Genus

Common House (Parasteatoda tepidariorum)  

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Female spiders are around 0.23 in (0.6 cm), and males are characteristically smaller.

Color: Some species are dark black mixed with brown, some are grayish-black, and there are a few spiders with orange coloration.

Other Characteristic Features: Some of the spiders have a wide leg span.

Eggs

Female spiders make multiple egg sacs in their lifetime, with one containing around 200 eggs.

Spiderlings

After hatching, spiderlings stay along with their mother for a very short period and then leave her company to stay on their own.

The Web

These spiders make messy webs that are usually found near human settlements, most precisely around garages, backyards, and gardens.

Are Spiders of Parasteatoda Venomous

Some of these spiders are considered potentially harmful for people, but researches are being carried out.

Quick Facts

Distribution New Guinea, Asia, and Europe
Habitat Garden and grasslands
Web Type Messy
Diet Flies, mosquitoes, wasps, and other insects
Lifespan 1-2 years (depending on species)

Did You Know

  • The Japanese name for this genus is “O-himogumo zoku”, meaning silky thread spider family.
  • The genus name is also a derivation from a Greek word “para”, meaning near or beside.

Image Credits: bugguide.net

The genus includes some small to medium-sized spiders that are known for making asymmetrical webs. The genus is also a part of the cobweb spider family.

Parasteatoda Spider

Spiders Belonging to this Genus

Common House (Parasteatoda tepidariorum)  

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Female spiders are around 0.23 in (0.6 cm), and males are characteristically smaller.

Color: Some species are dark black mixed with brown, some are grayish-black, and there are a few spiders with orange coloration.

Other Characteristic Features: Some of the spiders have a wide leg span.

Eggs

Female spiders make multiple egg sacs in their lifetime, with one containing around 200 eggs.

Spiderlings

After hatching, spiderlings stay along with their mother for a very short period and then leave her company to stay on their own.

The Web

These spiders make messy webs that are usually found near human settlements, most precisely around garages, backyards, and gardens.

Are Spiders of Parasteatoda Venomous

Some of these spiders are considered potentially harmful for people, but researches are being carried out.

Quick Facts

Distribution New Guinea, Asia, and Europe
Habitat Garden and grasslands
Web Type Messy
Diet Flies, mosquitoes, wasps, and other insects
Lifespan 1-2 years (depending on species)

Did You Know

  • The Japanese name for this genus is “O-himogumo zoku”, meaning silky thread spider family.
  • The genus name is also a derivation from a Greek word “para”, meaning near or beside.

Image Credits: bugguide.net

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