Spider ID help

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  1. Tiller

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    Hey guys, I found this spider in my backyard. Just wondering if anyone could help me out with what kind it is. Sorry for the terrible crop, my focus was off. Thanks in advance!


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    Looks like a Black Widow.... don't get bitten
     
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    I don't know where you are located.. but because of the extremely large, bulbous abdomen on that arachnid, I would suspect the Western Widow... Western Widow Spider

    Hard to say for sure with the quality of the image... but it is definitely one of the genus Latrodectus so be careful with it! I hate killing unless necessary, but if you have children or pets that might come in contact with this... you might want to get rid of it.

    That or catch it, in a ventilated unbreakable plastic container, and send it to me! ;)
     
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    I live in South Carolina, so probably not the Western Widow. That's interesting. I'm usually pretty afraid of spiders, but this one was so small, I honestly didn't worry. I thought black widows were much larger. Thinking about how close I was is freaking me out now!
     
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    Here's another pic. Again, not a great one. I was not having any luck with this guy. Flash was used with this one, which makes the color on his abdomen look more orange.

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    yea... so send it to me! lol!
     
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    Haha you're welcome to come get it ;) I think I'll stay away from that section of the garden from now on!
     
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    Sure! Stay Away! Let it breed! In a month, there will be 100 spiders there. The month after, 1000 spiders! A year from now... ackk... a spider just bit mee..eee! (thud)!
     
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    Southern Black widow?
     
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    Ahh....get them away from me!!
     
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    Doesn't look like the Southern Black Widow - not black enough. Could possibly be a False Widow but the web tends to indicate that one of the numerous varieties of orb weaver is more likely. That's just my opinion, however.
     

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